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pharmacy viewsFebruary 10 2016

The Government has indicated it will go ahead to modify the way that standards for pharmacy premises are regulated. However, there has been no indication of when progress on decriminalising dispensing errors might happen.

Rather than rely on the General Pharmaceutical Council enforcing standards which have been set out in rules, the Government will replace the rules with legislation allowing a ‘code of practice’ style obligations approach. It means the GPhC will be able to address breaches in premises standards through the Fitness to Practise committee.

“The intention is to avoid a regulatory model which leads pharmacies towards a compliance-driven or checklist approach in meeting its standards,” said the Department of Health. In addition, its proposed draft order making the changes will also include provisions around the GPhC publishing inspection reports.

The views are set out in a document summarising responses to the consultation on rebalancing medicines legislation pharmacy regulation. Published by the DoH in collaboration with the health departments of the devolved administrations, the report includes responses to the consultation on how to ensure pharmacy premises standards are maintained, as well as what the Gvernment will take forward.

An “overwhelming majority” of the 159 responses to the consultation supported the proposals, said the DoH. “There was unanimous agreement with the proposals for an outcome based approach to pharmacy premises standards. It was suggested that this approach was even more relevant given the greater the range of services available at a pharmacy.”

However, the report has noted that some respondents were concerned that removing ‘black and white’ rules “could lead to unhelpful variation for employee pharmacists in the way pharmacies choose to meet the standards.”

On the issue of prescription collection points, the Department has said: “The sale or supply of a medicine from a pharmacy operating a prescription collection point, which was arranged such that the sale or supply was a lawful transaction, could be regulated by the pharmacy regulators as part of the registration of premises.”

Although the consultation also sought views on the decriminalisation dispensing errors, the Department states that a report and draft order on this will be published separately, without giving a likely date.

In a separate initiative, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association has raised concerns over Royal Pharmaceutical Society proposals to produce an ‘error reporting standard’ for pharmacists. Publishing its response to the RPS consultation, the PDA said the prospect of criminal sanction has not been removed, and has called for substantial revisions.

“We ask the RPS to lead an initiative supporting employers to publicise, on a named organisation basis, their aggregated pharmacy incident data (anonymised for individuals),” said the PDA. “We believe this would support broader learning in the public interest and would help employers to focus and devote significantly more time and attention to reducing the risk of pharmacy incidents. It would help employers demonstrate the same candour expected of pharmacists.”

It has also called for the Government “to go ‘back to the drawing board’ to commission work which comprehensively removes the prospect of criminal sanctions for inadvertent dispensing errors. This would help reduce the fear of reporting errors, facilitate learning and improvement and ultimately improve patient safety.”

Links:

DoH announcement

Report: ‘Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Report on responses to the public consultation on the Pharmacy (Premises Standards, Information Obligations etc.) Order 2016’

PDA announcement

PDA response document

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