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money notes pound coinsJune 15 2015

The pharmacy regulator has confirmed that annual registration fees will increase with effect from October 15.

Annual fees for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will increase by £10, to £250 and £118 respectively, while the premises registration fee will increase by £20 to £241.

The General Pharmaceutical Council approved the increases after a consultation which had over 1,000 responses. Findings from the consultation include:

  • 42.1% of those who responded to the consultation agreed or strongly agreed with the GPhC’s approach to setting fees, “which seeks to attribute the cost of regulation to different registrant groups as fairly as possible”
  • 59.7% disagreed or strongly disagreed with increasing the renewal fee for pharmacists by £10, from £240 to £250.
  • 65.1% disagreed or strongly disagreed with increasing the renewal fee for pharmacy technicians by £10, from £108 to £118.

Responses were relatively balanced between agreement and disagreement on the proposed increase in the renewal fee for pharmacy premises by £20, from £221 to £241, with slightly more respondents (34.6%) remaining neutral.

“A number of respondents to the consultation raised concerns in relation to the £15 administration fee for direct debits. In response, council has approved removing the £15 fee for quarterly direct debits which means people can now spread the cost of paying their fees over the year without incurring an extra fee,” says the GPhC.

Chief executive Duncan Rudkin has written to registrants saying: “We fully understand that the news of this increase will be unwelcome but after three years where fees have either been kept at the same levels or reduced it has now been necessary to increase fees. Even after the increase, fees for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in 2016 will still be lower than those charged in 2011.”

Link:

GPhC announcement    

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