About this consultation

This document sets out how we intend to modernise pharmacy regulation with the publication of draft standards for registered pharmacies. In developing these proposals we have met with stakeholders, learnt from other regulators, developed a clear understanding of the legal framework and tested our approach against  the principles of good regulation

Although the focus of this consultation is the draft standards, there are four parts to this document and each is described in more detail:

  1. Introduction: An introduction to our overall approach to regulation of registered pharmacies
  2. Registration: An overview of which premises we intend to register
  3. Standards: The draft standards we are proposing for registered pharmacies
  4. Compliance and enforcement: A description of how we plan to secure compliance against the proposed standards and our approach to enforcement activity

We are seeking views from a wide range of individuals and organisations including patients and the public, pharmacy professionals including owners and superintendents, professional and representative bodies. We also want to hear from other bodies with an interest in our proposed approach to regulating registered pharmacies including other health regulatory bodies and other bodies who inspect pharmacies in England, Scotland or Wales.

We are asking a specific set of questions as well as seeking more general comments. Your answers will help us to develop and finalise our proposals. Of course you
do not have to answer all of the questions; we welcome your views on any part of this document.

We intend to make all responses to this consultation public unless you specifically ask for your response to remain confidential to GPhC staff.

You can find out how to respond to this consultation here

And we have provided a Glossary of Terms in case you want to clarify what we mean by a word or phrase.

The deadline for responding to this consultation is 7 May 2012.

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