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a pharmacist dispensary shelves imageJune 22 2018

Proposals to amend the regulations around the organisational governance arrangements for registered pharmacies in respect of Superintendent Pharmacists (SPs) and Responsible Pharmacists (RPs) is underway.

The Department of Health and Social Care is seeking views on whether the pharmacy regulators, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, should take on more of the regulatory powers currently held by government ministers. 

It also has proposed a number of changes around governance in the community pharmacy setting based on recommendations made by the Rebalancing Board. This was set up in 2014 to look at reforming pharmacy legislation, including decriminalising dispensing errors.

Among the proposals are that while a SP will still be required for a body corporate, they will not need to be on the board of a pharmacy business. However, they will be required to be a senior manager in the retail pharmacy business who has the authority to make certain types of decisions. These are defined as those “that affect the running of the retail pharmacy business so far as concerns the retail sale of medicinal products (whether they are General Sale List or not) and the supply of such products in circumstances corresponding to retail sale.” 

Changes are also being proposed to introduce a new statutory “general duty” for the SP to ensure the business is run “safely and effectively” in relation to the sale and supply of medicines and medicinal products. However, the consultation asks for views on whether this needs to apply to GSL medicines as well as Pharmacy and Prescription Only Medicines. 

Questions around the RP role include whether: 

  • the statutory duty of the RP should be engaged only for the time when the RP is actually designated the RP role for that pharmacy, and is therefore in charge?
  • the trigger for when there needs to be an RP in charge of the premises is when medicines are being sold or supplied, or handled, assembled prepared or dispensed at or from the premises with a view to sale or supply?
  • The RP’s duties should be clarified so that it is clear these are related to the operation of the pharmacy business “at or from” the particular premises (eg including home deliveries of medicines)?

Views on a second draft order around decriminalising dispensing errors in the hospital setting are also sought.

The consultation runs until September 11.

Pharmacy organisations have welcomed the DHSC’s consultation. Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC, said: “This UK-wide consultation includes a number of significant proposals. We would encourage all those working across the pharmacy sector, as well as patients and the public, to take part in the consultation and help shape the final legislation.”

Trevor Patterson, Chief Executive of the Pharmaceutical Society NI, said the draft Pharmacy (Responsible Pharmacists, Superintendent Pharmacists etc) Order 2018 “presents an opportunity to review and update the legislation relating to Responsible Pharmacists and Superintendent Pharmacists to reflect governance expectations and developing models of practice. 

“I am also delighted that this draft Order contains proposals to provide the Pharmaceutical Society NI with the provision of a Deputy Registrar.”

In London, Ash Soni, President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, commented: “Measures around superintendent and responsible pharmacists should strengthen governance and give greater responsibility on a day-to-day basis to responsible pharmacists.”

Links:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/pharmacy-legislation-on-dispensing-errors-and-organisational-governance
Consultation documents 
GPhC comment            
Pharmaceutical Society NI comment     
RPS comment   

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