The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has issued a reminder to those who employ pharmacy professionals of the importance of checking both registration and identity.  In an email sent to “to those who employ pharmacy professionals”, the GPhC wrote:

“There are various ways in which you can carry out an identity check on your potential employees.

“As an example, we carry out identity checks when pharmacists and pharmacy technicians register with us. We ask for certified copies of original identity documents, such as a current valid passport or EEA identity card, photocard driving licence alongside a copy of UK National Insurance card or GP registration letter. We also ask for a copy of their birth certificate, a countersigned passport sized photo, and evidence of their qualification.

“You can find more information in the guidance on how to verify and prove someone’s identity.

“It is the responsibility of employers to decide if they require their employees to undertake a DBS check.

“Applicants are not usually required to submit a DBS to us as a regulator when they register with us unless we have specifically requested such from them. For further information see our guide on what registrants need to declare to us and when.”

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In addition the GPhC said:

In addition to checking a pharmacist or pharmacy technician is on our register, appropriate identity checks should also be carried out by the employer. These checks need to be undertaken when employing locums as well as permanent pharmacy professionals.

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