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Pharmacists currently registered in Great Britain who wish to apply for registration to practise in another country will usually require the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) to send a certificate of current professional status and fitness to practise history (CCPS; formerly known as a 'Letter of good standing') to the relevant registration and/or regulatory authority.

Certificates of current professional status

The CCPS will include your full name, registered address, date of birth, details of your pharmacy education, current registration status, and concluded and outstanding fitness to practise matters. Therefore, the CCPS may include information which is not in the public domain.

If you have previously been the subject of a fitness to practise allegation, a summary of the case and the outcome of the investigation or hearing will be disclosed in the CCPS. If, at the time of your application for a CCPS, you are subject to an ongoing investigation by the GPhC, or have had an allegation referred our Fitness to Practise Committee, a summary of the outstanding matters will also be included.

The information that we intend to disclose in the CCPS will, in the first place, be sent to you. Please check this information carefully and ensure that it relates to you and is accurate.

We will not forward the completed CCPS to the relevant authority until you have confirmed in writing, within 21 days, that you wish to proceed. The administration fee for the preparation of the CCPS will be collected, even if you subsequently advise us that you do not want the CCPS forwarded.

If you do not have any past or pending Fitness to Practice issues, your certificate will be created and sent directly to the relevant board.  A CCPS will usually take about two to three weeks to prepare from the date of receipt of a properly completed application form. You must ensure that your application is both timely and accurate. You will receive an email to notify you that the CCPS has been sent.  

The CCPS is usually valid for six months from the date of issue. Most registration and regulatory bodies around the world request this document as part of their registration process.

It is not the GPhC's policy to complete the EUR 3 and EUR 4 forms as supplied by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland, as the CCPS will meet all their registration requirements.

Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians wishing to obtain a CCPS should complete and return the application form by post.

Certificate of Current Professional Standing and Fitness to Practise History form - Pharmacists

Certificate of Current Professional Standing and Fitness to Practise History form - Pharmacy Technicians

Please note that the GPhC may receive requests for information directly from relevant registration and/or regulatory bodies. We will deal with these requests in accordance with the law, in particular the Pharmacy Order 2010, and the rules made under the Order, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the common law duty of confidentiality.

Payment of renewal fees

Renewal fees must be paid as normal when you travel or work abroad if you wish to continue registration with the GPhC. Please ensure that the address registered with the GPhC will enable you to reliably receive communications.

If you decide that you do not wish to continue your registration while you are away, you must notify the Registrar of your intention to leave the register.