The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is extending changes to its revalidation requirements in recognition of the continuing pressures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and in particular the Omicron variant, that pharmacy professionals are facing this winter.

Pharmacy professionals who have registration renewal deadlines on or before 31 May 2022 will only need to submit a reflective account for revalidation and will not need to submit the other five revalidation records.

These changes to revalidation requirements were first introduced in March 2020 in recognition of the pressures on pharmacy professionals during the pandemic. The changes were then extended until at least 1 March 2022, and the GPhC committed to keeping the situation under review.

The extension will continue until at least the 1 June 2022. The GPhC’s current intention is that full revalidation will not resume until the emergency powers for the pandemic introduced by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care are removed, but we will continue to keep this under active review.

It said it will give pharmacy professionals a minimum of three months’ notice of when full revalidation requirements will be reintroduced, “to give pharmacists and pharmacy technicians a reasonable amount of time to get their records ready for submission.”

What standards do pharmacists and pharmacy technicians need to reflect on?

Pharmacy professionals are still expected to reflect on one or more of the following three standards when completing their reflective account:

  • standard 3 – pharmacy professionals must communicate effectively
  • standard 6 – pharmacy professionals must behave professionally
  • standard 9 – pharmacy professionals must demonstrate leadership

 

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