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a scales of justice imageMay 9 2018

Regulations relating to enforcement of pharmacy premises standards are expected to come into effect later this month.

The Pharmacy Law & Ethics Association has reported that the Privy Council has made an Order which will bring The Pharmacy (Premises Standards, Information Obligations, etc.) Order 2016 into force on May 24 2018.

The Order relates to the setting of standards for the safe and effective practice of pharmacy at registered pharmacies, and their enforcement by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Among the changes the Order will bring in are: 

  • the GPhC will be able to publish reports of inspections and other visits that its inspectors make, and that these reports may include an account of the outcomes of such inspections and visits;
  • the GPhC will no longer have to set premises standards in rules
  • standards may include those relating to matters such as the working environment at registered pharmacies and associated premises, as well as the patient and public experience;
  • PSNI will also be able to set premises standards in similar ways to the GPhC;
  • the GPhC will be able to enforce standards by serving improvement notices, but breaches of premises standards will not lead to criminal sanctions; instead, cases of non-compliance can be referred to the GPhC’s Fitness to Practise Committee;
  • the Fitness to Practise Committee and PSNI’s Statutory Committee will be able to apply sanctions not just to pharmacy owners that are bodies corporate, but also to pharmacy owners that are partnerships or individual pharmacists;
  • the GPhC and PSNI will be able to impose an interim suspension;
  • the GPhC is to be given more flexibility about the type of information that it can request and how it goes about gathering information.

Links:
PLEA announcement    
The Pharmacy (Premises Standards, Information Obligations, etc.) Order 2016   

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