Pharmacists trained in “similar” countries could register after 3-4 months, according to new proposals from the GPhC.

C+D reported that the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is proposing “a radical reform of the registration process for internationally trained pharmacists” it revealed in papers prepared for its council meeting held yesterday (February 22). 

It is reported that, currently, those who have qualified as a pharmacist in a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) are subject to a conversion process that takes at least two years.  But now the regulator is planning to introduce a three-route system that promises to dramatically shorten the process needed for many overseas-trained pharmacists to register in the UK. 

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GPhC head of education Damian Day, the “in-principle framework for international pharmacists” comes after sustained “pressure and demand” for places on the overseas pharmacists’ assessment programme (OSPAP) and a revision of the initial education and training standards for pharmacists.

The report said that the proposals will address “the current risk” that places on OSPAP courses cannot meet the demand from internationally trained pharmacists who wish to practise in Great Britain.

The papers suggested that the same proposed process will also be applied to pharmacy technicians who were trained overseas.

Source: C+D

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