The General Pharmaceutical Council is asking members of the public and pharmacy professionals to respond to its consultation on nine proposed new standards for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
The proposed standards will replace the standards of conduct, ethics and performance as well as existing codes of conduct pharmacy students and trainees. They "represent an approach to regulation that promotes professional decision-making and encourages pharmacy professionals to consider how they can provide person-centred care, whatever their area of practice," according to the GPhC.
Key changes to the standards and accompanying guidance include:
GPhC chair Nigel Clarke said: "These standards are at the heart of what it means to be a pharmacy professional and set out what we believe pharmacy professionals need to do to help people to maintain and improve their health and wellbeing. This includes emphasising the need to provide person-centred care, focusing on the individual person, their needs and what matters to them. It is important that individual pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and members of the public read the proposed standards and let us know if they agree with our approach."
The proposed standards are: