GPhC launches consultation on revalidation for pharmacists

Published: 04 May 2017

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has launched a Consultation on revalidation for pharmacy professionals.

Until 17 July 2017, the GPhC will be consulting on proposals to institute a revalidation system similar to that in place for doctors, nurses, and midwives, but tailored with respect to the differences inherent between pharmacy and medical services.

Over the consultation period, the GPhC will be seeking the views of all stakeholders, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, employers, and patients using pharmacy services. This will inform a final decision on the approach to revalidation, with an intention to introduce the scheme initially in 2018, with a complete launch expected by 2020.

Under the proposals, pharmacy professionals would be annually required to:

  • make four records for CPD, rather than the current nine
  • record a peer discussion with someone who understands their work
  • write a reflective account detailing how they meet one or more of the standards for pharmacy professionals using examples from their practice.

The full press release regarding the launch of this consultation can be found on the GPhC website.