The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC) regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and registered pharmacy premises in England, Scotland and Wales. Its general functions and duties are set out in The Pharmacy Order 2010. Regulation of these parties includes commencing disciplinary proceedings against offending members who fall under its ambit/jurisdiction.
Where is the code of conduct and standards applicable?
As you might expect, the Pharmacy Order 2010, requires the GPC to set out clearly its regulatory standards in relation to fitness to practise. This is no different to any other body such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Medical Council (GMC). Just like them the GPC has set out the standards they expect – found at https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/standards.
There are seven core principles which pharmacy professionals (NB – not just pharmacists) must abide by:
1. Make patients their first concern;
2. Properly exercise professional judgement in the interest of patients and the wider public;
3. Show respect for others;
4. Encourage patients to participate in decisions about their care;
5. Continue to develop their professional knowledge and competence;
6. Be trustworthy and honest; and
7. Take responsibility for their working practices.
Regulation and outline of standards applies to pharmacies as well as the professionals practising in them. They can be found here:
There are five key principles:
- Principle 1: The governance arrangements safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public.
- Principle 2: Sta are empowered and competent to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public.
- Principle 3: The environment and condition of the premises from which pharmacy services are provided, and any associated premises, safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public.
- Principle 4: The way in which pharmacy services, including the management of medicines and medical devices, are delivered safeguards the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public.
- Principle 5: The equipment and facilities used in the provision of pharmacy services safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public.
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- The General Pharmaceutical Council – standards and conduct (part 2)
- The General Pharmaceutical Council – the disciplinary hearing (part 3)
- The General Pharmaceutical Council – sanction (part 4)