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PDAJanuary 13 2016

The Pharmacists’ Defence Association has called on the pharmacy regulator to set out the suitability and minimum acceptable specification of professional indemnity insurance cover. It has also called for pharmacy owners to be required to provide pharmacist employees with information about whether or not the indemnity for their business includes employee indemnity cover too.

Under the annual registration declaration, pharmacists are expected to have suitable professional indemnity cover. However, under proposals circulated for consultation by the General Pharmaceutical Council, pharmacists would have to provide evidence of appropriate indemnity cover upon request.

Responding to the GPhC consultation, the PDA said it was generally in agreement with the GPhC’s proposals, but that there were some omissions and practical considerations that would need to be taken into account. One of its concerns is that “it may be impossible for a registrant to prove that they had indemnity insurance cover at a particular time if they were to rely on the employer to retain a copy.”

It has recommended that employers should be required to provide their pharmacist employees with sight of the respective professional indemnity insurance (PI) certificate.

“A requirement could then be placed upon registrants to seek copies of their employer’s insurance certificates and retain them indefinitely. This would also help registrants to make an informed assessment about the suitability of their PI insurance,” said the PDA.

“Unless they did so, it may also prove difficult for registrants relying on their employer-provided indemnity insurance cover to obtain retrospective proof of that cover if they had since left employment.”

The PDA is a not-for-profit organisation, whose aims are “to act upon and support the needs of individual pharmacists and, when necessary, defend their reputation.” It provides services including insurance cover for more than 25,000 members.

It has also said the GPhC “must provide guidance to employees and employers (using its powers under Schedule 1 Part 6 of the Pharmacy Order 2010) about the suitability and minimum acceptable specification of indemnity insurance cover.

“The guidance should address the Council’s expectations and highlight potential issues for registrants and employers to consider. The Council must ensure that all employer-provided PI insurance schemes are fully transparent and that the relevant conditions are explained in detail by employers to employees.”

In addition to indemnity requirements, the GPhC has been consulting on whether to prevent membership of its Fitness to Practise and Appeals Committee panels at the same time if there could be a potential conflict of interest. It has also been consulting over English language requirements in order to be registered to practise in Great Britain.

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PDA announcement

PDA response document

GPhC consultations

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