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DH consults on new regulator for pharmacy

The Department of Health together with the Scottish government has launched a consultation on proposals to establish a new regulator for pharmacy

The Department of Health (DH) together with the Scottish government has launched a consultation on proposals to establish a new regulator for pharmacy – the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) is to split its regulatory and professional roles leading to the creation of a new regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), in 2010.

Under proposals, the new regulator will have responsibility for providing statutory regulation for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and establishing and maintaining a register of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises. The GPhC will be responsible for ensuring all pharmacy staff on the register are fit to practice and for ensuring education, training and professional development is carried out to a high standard in order for members to remain registered.

The RPSGB is encouraging all its members, registrants and wider stakeholders to take part in the consultation.

Steve Churton, the society's president, said: "Regulation of the pharmacy profession has a key influence on patient safety, and I encourage members to respond to this consultation. It is important to ensure that the new regulator for pharmacy demonstrates, through proportionate and supportive regulation, appropriate safeguards for the interests of patients and the public."
 

9th December 2008

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