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Guide to the registration assessment from 2016

28 August 2015
We have published a guide to the changes we are making to the registration assessment from 2016. The guide provides information on the format and a framework for the assessment in 2016.

GPhC publishes learning points from June registration assessment

18 August 2015
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)’s board of assessors has published questions from the registration assessment for the first time to illustrate key learning points.

GPhC responds to Unite/GHP information on university clearing system

13 August 2015
The GPhC has commented on information obtained by Unite and the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists (GPH) in relation to average and median entry A-levels and uptake via the university clearing system.

GPhC announces results of June 2015 registration assessment

24 July 2015
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is pleased to announce the names of the pre-registration trainee pharmacists who passed their registration assessment in June

GPhC seeks views on new investigating committee guidance

2 July 2015
The GPhC has launched a consultation on new guidance for the investigating committee to use when deciding what outcome is appropriate in a fitness to practise case. Good decision making: investigating committee meetings and outcomes guidance explains the role of the investigating committee and how it decides whether a case should be considered by the fitness to practise committee.

GPhC publishes annual report for 2014-15

2 July 2015
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published its annual report for 2014-15, covering its fourth full year in operation.

GPhC welcomes access to patient records in pharmacies

23 June 2015
Commenting on the announcement by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and NHS England that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in community pharmacies in England will be given greater access to patient records, Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the General Pharmaceutical Council said...

What's new in 2015?

22 June 2015
Useful information for pre-registration students undertaking the registration assessment this week.

GPhC welcomes statement on EU medicines logo

17 June 2015
The GPhC has commented on the launch of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) new mandatory logo for selling medicines online.

GPhC launches debate on the future of pharmacy education and training

16 June 2015
We have launched a debate on how the education and training of the pharmacy team needs to change to address future challenges.

GPhC council approves increases to fees

11 June 2015
The GPhC’s governing council has agreed to increase registration renewal fees for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises from 15 October 2015. This follows an extended period where fees for individual registrants were either reduced or remained the same.

New guidance sets out how to decide appropriate fitness to practise sanctions

3 June 2015
The General Pharmaceutical Council has published new guidance to help the Fitness to Practise Committee decide what sanction is appropriate in particular cases.

Deadline for 2015/16 pharmacist pre-registration training applications

29 May 2015
If you wish to enter this year’s pharmacist pre-registration training scheme and are planning to sit the registration assessment in June 2016 you will need to submit your training placement application to us to arrive by Friday 5 June 2015

GPhC publishes schools of pharmacy registration assessment pass rates

18 May 2015
The GPhC has published on its website the pass rate for the June sittings of the registration assessment for each school of pharmacy since it became responsible for the exam.

GPhC recruits standard setters for the registration assessment

5 May 2015
The GPhC has started the recruitment process for standard setters as part of its preparation for introducing a new, more patient focussed registration assessment in 2016. The role of these standard setters is to evaluate questions before they are used in an assessment to check that they are of the right standard and are relevant to practice.

GPhC launches national conversation on patient-centred professionalism

24 April 2015
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched a national conversation with patients, the public and pharmacy professionals about what patient-centred professionalism means to them. The outcomes of this conversation will inform the GPhC’s future regulatory work, and in particular the review of its standards of conduct, ethics and performance.

Evaluating our approach to the regulation of registered pharmacies

22 April 2015
The GPhC has contacted all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to inform them that it will be seeking their views as part of an evaluation into its approach to the regulation of registered pharmacies, conducted by ICF International (ICF).

GPhC launches new guidance for registered pharmacies providing services at a distance

21 April 2015
The GPhC has published new guidance which sets out the key areas that need to be considered by registered pharmacies that provide services at a distance. All pharmacies that provide services such as the electronic prescription service, a collection and delivery service or an internet pharmacy service will be expected to follow the guidance.

GPhC formally opens display of historical pharmacy artefacts on loan from the RPS Museum

10 April 2015
A collection of objects charting the history of pharmacy, loaned by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum, has gone on display at the General Pharmaceutical Council’s headquarters in Canary Wharf. It is a symbol of the importance of the relationship that exists between the regulator and the professional body for pharmacists. During a formal opening of the new display at the GPhC, both organisations commented on their respective roles in the context of a rapidly changing pharmacy environment.

GPhC welcomes Rose Marie Parr as new Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland

13 April 2015
Commenting on the appointment of Rose Marie Parr as the new Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland, Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said: “I am delighted to learn of Rose Marie Parr’s appointment as Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland..."

New research sheds light on pharmacy technician training experience

26 February 2015
The GPhC has published a report that looks at the quality of the education and training of pharmacy technician in England, Scotland and Wales. The report produced by the Centre for Pharmacy Workforce Issues at the University of Manchester, represents the first comprehensive study into the quality of pharmacy technician education and training since it became a fully regulated profession in 2010.

GPhC publishes update paper on pharmacy regulation

23 February 2015
The GPhC has today published an important update paper, Modernising Pharmacy Regulation: from prototype to implementation, which provides an update on our new model for regulation of pharmacies including our prototype inspection model.

GPhC seeks views on hearings and sanctions guidance consultation

17 February 2015
The GPhC has launched a consultation on its draft hearings and sanctions guidance. This guidance includes information on fitness to practise (FtP) proceedings for anybody who is interested or involved in a hearing. It also includes guidance for committee members on what issues or factors they must consider before deciding what sanction to apply.

GPhC welcomes DH consultation on pharmacy-related draft Orders

12 February 2015
The GPhC has welcomed a consultation by the Department of Health on two important proposals that will enable it to put on a statutory footing the publication of our inspection reports and move forwards on implementing a new way of regulating registered pharmacies.

GPhC launches fees consultation

6 February 2015
The GPhC’s governing council has agreed to consult on proposed fee levels.

Planned maintenance and service downtime

4 February 2015
We have been working hard to improve the way in which we manage registrant information. Unfortunately, while this work is ongoing some of our services will be unavailable for a short time in the next few weeks.