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The General Pharmaceutical Council has launched a consultation on how it should develop its approach to regulating registered pharmacies.

The consultation follows new legislation which came into effect on May 24 strengthening the pharmacy regulator’s powers. It gives the GPhC the power to publish pharmacy inspection reports as well as powers of enforcement for premises which fail to meet the standards for registered pharmacies.

Under its consultation, the GPhC is seeking views on key changes such as: 

  • introducing three types of inspection: routine inspections, intelligence-led inspections and themed inspections;
  • moving to unannounced inspections;
  • changing inspection outcomes with two possible outcomes for an inspection overall (‘standards met’ or ‘standards not all met’), and four possible findings at the principle level (‘standards not all met’, ‘standards met’, ‘good practice’ and ‘excellent practice’);
  • requiring all standards to be met to receive an overall ‘standards met’ outcome;
  • publishing inspection reports and improvement action plans when relevant, on a new website;
  • sharing examples of notable practice identified through inspections in a ‘knowledge hub’ on the new website.

The consultation runs until August 9. 

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said: “Our proposals will allow us to be more flexible as a regulator and respond to the changing needs of patients and the public and to changes in pharmacy. We believe the proposals outlined in the consultation will help to drive continuous improvement in the quality of pharmacy services and care.

The changes are envisioned under the Pharmacy (Premises Standards, Information Obligations, etc.) Order 2016 (Commencement) (England, Wales and Scotland) Order of Council 2018.

Links: 
GPhC announcement on regulatory change       
GPhC consultation        

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