General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates


Contact centre bank holiday opening hours

Our contact centre will be closed from Thursday 1 April at 5.00pm for Easter Bank Holiday and will reopen on Tuesday 6 April at 9.30am

Foundation training year 2021/22

The foundation training year will replace the current pre-registration training year from July 2021. These changes are part of the implementation of the new standards for the initial education and training of pharmacists we published in January 2021. We are currently working with Health Education England (HEE), NHS Education Scotland (NES) and Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), pharmacy schools and other key organisations to gradually implement changes to the foundation training year over the coming years.

Government consultation “a real opportunity” to improve health professional regulation for patients

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council, comments on the Department of Health and Social Care's public consultation Regulating healthcare professionals, protecting the public. “This consultation is a real opportunity to improve health professional regulation, so we can best protect patients and support health services and health professionals to provide high-quality care.

GPhC to evaluate the impact of COVID-19 on provisionally-registered pharmacists and pre-registration trainees

The General Pharmaceutical Council has commissioned Keele University to research the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on provisionally-registered pharmacists and pre-registration trainees Through the study, the GPhC aims to understand the experiences of clinical training over the last 12 months and preparations around sitting the registration assessment. The findings will produce important insight and feed into the GPhC’s work on educational reform to the initial education and training of pharmacists.

Contact centre update

Our contact centre will be closing at 1.30pm on Tuesday 23 March and will reopen Wednesday 24 March at 9.30am

Over 2600 candidates sit registration assessment

First-ever online registration assessments have taken place A total of 2670 candidates have sat the GPhC’s first online registration assessments held on 17 and 18 March 2021. The vast majority of candidates sat in Pearson VUE test centres, with 83 candidates sitting remotely in Great Britain and overseas using Pearson’s OnVUE system.

GPhC recognises OET test as evidence of English language skills for pharmacy professionals

The General Pharmaceutical Council has revised its guidance on evidence of English language skills to include the Pharmacy Occupational English Language Test (OET) as evidence of English language competence  Applicants to the register of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will now be able to use a recent pass of the Pharmacy Occupational English Language Test (OET) as evidence of English language competence, providing an alternative to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 

Contact centre: 17 and 18 March

On Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 March, our contact centre will be open 7.30am - 5pm.    

Summer and Autumn 2021 registration assessment dates announced

We are now able to confirm the remaining registration assessment dates for 2021. The sittings will take place on:  Summer assessment:  27, 28 and 29 July 2021 Autumn assessment:  16 November 2021 These sittings will be delivered through Pearson VUE, mainly at test centres in Great Britain. 

GPhC launches fees consultation

GPhC launches fees consultation The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is consulting on how it sets fees for registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.  The GPhC is not proposing any changes to current fee levels within this consultation.