The General Pharmaceutical Council (“GPhC”) is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and retail pharmacy businesses in England, Scotland and Wales and is responsible for protecting, promoting and maintaining the health, safety and wellbeing of members of the public by upholding standards in pharmacy.
The GPhC has launched a consultation process in respect of guidance for pharmacy owners, which will outline what is expected of a retail pharmacy business owner to ensure that every member of a pharmacy team is equipped to provide safe and effective services to patients and members of the public.
In this regard, the guidance will encompass minimum training standards for both registered and unregistered, together with pharmacy managers who are not registered pharmacy professionals. It is understood that the new guidance will replace the current GPhC policy on minimum training requirements for dispensing/ pharmacy assistants and counter assistants, a copy of which can be accessed here.
The consultation process is expected to conclude in mid-October 2017
Republic of Ireland
In the Republic of Ireland, Retail Pharmacy Businesses are regulated by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (“PSI”) and are governed by the Pharmacy Act 2007 and the Regulation of Retail Pharmacy Businesses Regulations 2008 (as amended).
The PSI has published several sets of guidelines for Retail Pharmacy Businesses to facilitate compliance with the regulations. Those guidelines can be accessed here.
Authors: Lyn McCarthy and James Roddy