The Council of the GPhC has agreed a policy for registering pharmacists on a provisional basis as part of the regulator’s response to the pandemic.
The policy sets out the criteria that this year’s pre-registration pharmacist trainees will have to meet to be eligible to join the pharmacist register on a provisional basis. It also outlines requirements that employers must put in place to support provisionally-registered pharmacists and to protect patient safety.
This decision comes after the registration assessments scheduled for June and September 2020 were postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commenting on the announcement, Malcolm Harrison, Chief Executive of the CCA, said: “We welcome this announcement from the GPhC. We are pleased that the GPhC has engaged with the sector and will allow provisionally-registered pharmacists to work as responsible pharmacists, where the right support is in place. We are in uncharted times and the whole sector needs to adapt to the current circumstances, while ensuring that the safety of patients as well as pharmacy teams remains paramount.”