COVID-19: Pharmacists Ready for Emergency Temporary Registrations

Nicky Broyd

March 18, 2020

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is preparing to re-register some former pharmacists if the Government declares a coronavirus emergency.

The temporary measure could bring back "fit, proper and suitably experienced" pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who have voluntarily removed themselves, or were removed for non-renewal, from the GPhC register in the last 3 years.

GPhC Chief Executive Duncan Rudkin set out the measures in a letter to colleagues: "We will be contacting those who may be added to the temporary register later this week, to let them know what it may mean for them. We will also share information with employers about what they would need to do if they were planning to employ someone on the temporary register and signpost to information from the NHS and other organisations."

GPhC is also stopping routine inspections of pharmacies and won't be publishing inspection reports. The letter said: "We will instead be moving to a supportive phase, still carrying out our role but working differently with you."

Mr Rudkin added: "We are continuing to actively monitor the situation and to consider if we need to make any other changes to our regulatory approach or requirements during this time, to help support the efforts in response to the coronavirus pandemic."

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