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MoneysFebruary 8 2016

The General Pharmaceutical Council will keep annual registration fees for 2016-17 at the current levels. It means annual renewal fees will remain at £250 for pharmacists, £118 for pharmacy technicians, and £241 for each registered pharmacy premises.

The decision to retain fees at current levels follows the GPhC agreeing its budget for 2016-17. At its meeting last week, the Council noted that the GPhC plans to reduce operating costs in line with fee income, but that “cost reductions will be implemented over the next three years with a view to returning to breakeven or a modest surplus by 2018-19.” The fee level will be reviewed for 2017-18.

Duncan Rudkin, GPhC Chief Executive, said: “We are committed to using registrants’ fees efficiently and effectively. We are therefore planning to reduce our operating costs for 2016-17 so we can maintain registrants’ fees at the current level despite continuing growth in the volume of cases we are having to deal with.

“It is our intention to achieve greater efficiencies on top of what we’ve already achieved over the past financial year, while continuing to achieve our ambitious aims set out in our strategic and corporate plans.”

In agreeing its corporate plan for 2016-17, the GPhC has set out five main priorities for 2016-17, to:

  • embed and continue to refine its new approach to inspection;
  • sustain improvements in the quality and timeliness of its fitness to practise cases;
  • continue to develop a model for continuing fitness to practise;
  • review standards for pharmacy professionals, including education standards;
  • enhance the experience of its stakeholders through the better use of technology.

Links:

GPhC announcement

GPhC registration fees

GPhC budget and fee proposals

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