General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) - News updates

GPhC launches fees consultation

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is consulting on proposals to increase registration fees for pharmacy premises from £262 to £365.   Fees for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will not be increased this year.   The consultation launched today marks the first phase of a wider review of the GPhC’s longer-term fees strategy, which will also consider areas such as longer fixed-term fees and flexible fee options (for those on parental leave, for example). 

Christmas and New Year opening hours

On 24 December 2019, our customer contact centre will close at 16:00 and will reopen at 09:00 on 27 December 2019. On 31 December 2019, our customer contact centre will also close at 16:00 and will reopen at 09:00 on 2 January 2019. With best wishes for Christmas and New Year from everyone at the GPhC.  

Update: Contact centre phones issues are now resolved

Our phone system is back up and running. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. As well as phoning in, you contact us via email ( or Twitter (@TheGPhC). Alternatively, you can also use the online form at the bottom of our Contact us page.  

New guide explains what people can expect when visiting a pharmacy

The General Pharmaceutical Council has produced a new online guide for patients and the public which explains what they can expect when visiting a pharmacy.  [PDF 745 KB] The guide summarises the standards that registered pharmacies and pharmacy professionals have to meet, and what these standards mean for people using pharmacies.

Changes introduced to education and training of pharmacy support staff

The Council of the GPhC agrees new education and training requirements and learning outcomes for all pharmacy support roles The Council decided to introduce the new requirements after considering the feedback received from consultation and engagement with the pharmacy sector, pharmacy support staff, pharmacy professionals, members of the public and education and training providers.

GPhC survey of registered pharmacy professionals shows picture of pharmacy workforce today

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has published the findings of its second major survey, which asked pharmacists and pharmacy technicians about their roles and responsibilities, work settings, employment and practice and future work plans. The GPhC commissioned Enventure Research, an independent research organisation, to carry out the survey over summer 2019. Over 18,000 registered pharmacy professionals (23% of professionals on the register) responded to the online survey.

GPhC and PSNI to introduce a common registration examination for pharmacists in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Councils of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have agreed to introduce a common registration examination for pharmacists in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Council meeting on 5 December

The Council of the GPhC will be meeting on 5 December You can find a copy of the papers here You can also follow the meeting live on our twitter account 

GPhC launches new guidance for pharmacist prescribers

The Council of the GPhC has approved new guidance for pharmacist prescribers to ensure that they provide safe and effective care when prescribing. The Guidance for pharmacist prescribers covers five key areas that pharmacist prescribers must consider in order to prescribe safe and effectively. These are:

GPhC welcomes audit on valproate medicines safety in community pharmacy

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC said:  “The CCA’s findings provide evidence of some improvement between 2018 and 2019 in terms of pharmacy teams’ awareness of the need to follow the Pregnancy Prevention Programme (PPP) for valproate, but it is clear there is still more to be done.