GPhC publish information on routes for pharmacy professionals from Ukraine to join its register and moved to assure pharmacists deviating from established procedures.

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) said it has “received questions from individuals, pharmacy organisations and employers about routes for pharmacy professionals from Ukraine to join our register.”

In response, the GPhC issued the following guidance:

Ukrainian pharmacy professionals coming to Great Britain

We have received queries from employers and pharmacy organisations who are considering how they may be able to offer employment opportunities to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who qualified in Ukraine and have come to Great Britain.

We welcome all those wishing to work in pharmacy, in any capacity. We would highlight that there are many roles across the pharmacy team that do not require registration. 

We would encourage any Ukrainian pharmacy professionals who want to register with us to contact us directly, so we can give them advice and support. Our registration team will be as flexible as possible to support Ukrainian pharmacy professionals by talking through individual circumstances, including financial difficulties, obtaining documents or other challenges.

Pharmacists

Ukrainian pharmacists with the necessary English language skills can apply to join the GPhC register via one of the following routes:

A relevant European Economic Area qualification, listed in Directive 2005/36/EC 

Pharmacists that hold a relevant EEA qualification (started after the country’s reference date as listed within Annex V, section 5.6.2 of the Directive) may apply to the GPhC for recognition of their qualification by the GPhC, and if their application is successful, they may then apply to join the register.

Overseas Pharmacists’ Assessment Programme (OSPAP) 

This is a one-year full-time postgraduate diploma for those who have qualified as a pharmacist outside of the EEA. After completing OSPAP, applicants would then complete 52 weeks of foundation training in England, Scotland or Wales, before sitting the GPhC registration assessment. 

Full details are available on the Overseas qualified pharmacists registration page on our website.

Pharmacy technicians

Pharmacy professionals who want to register as a pharmacy technician should also speak to our registration team about their existing qualifications and experience. Usually, additional training would be required plus pharmacy experience in Great Britain, as well as providing evidence of English language skills, before it is possible to register. We can offer advice on how to progress with this route and whether it is suitable. 

Full details are available on the Internationally qualified pharmacy technicians registration page on our website.

“Pharmacy professionals may need to depart from established procedures.” 

The GPhC recognised pharmacy professionals may need to depart from established procedures.  In a move to reassure pharmacists, it said:

“We recognise that in these challenging circumstances, pharmacy professionals may need to depart from established procedures, including when making emergency supplies. Our regulatory standards are designed to be flexible and to provide a framework for decision-making in a wide range of situations.”

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