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NPA members are being encouraged to have their say on the latest General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)proposals for regulation. In its consultation on developing our approach to regulating pharmacies the GPhC has put forward several key changes to the current inspection process. The consultation closes on August 9 and while pharmacists can respond directly, the NPA’s policy manager, Helga Mangion, is eager to hear from members to inform the association’s submission.

The proposed key changes are as follows:

  1. Changes to the types of inspections. Three types of inspections are being considered: routine inspections; intelligence-led and themed inspections. The GPhC said that themed inspections could be adapted to cut across organisational boundaries and health systems and are likely to involve the inspection of multiple pharmacies. 
  2. Moving to unannounced inspections. This would be a general rule and is aimed at ensuring the results of the inspection re ect the pharmacies everyday standards.
  3. Changing inspection outcomes. There could be two possible outcomes at inspection, standards met or standards not met. However, there would be four possible ndings at principle level: standards not all met; standards met; good practice, and; excellent practice.
  4. Requiring all standards to be met to receive an overall ‘standards met’ outcome. If any standard was found not to be met it would result in a standards not all met outcome overall.
  5. Publishing inspection reports. Reports and if relevant improvement action plans would be published on a new website. It would be designed so that the information is easy to search and analyse.
  6. Sharing examples of notable practice. A knowledge hub would be created on the new website on the new website to encourage continuous learning and improvement in pharmacy.

The NPA is always eager to hear the views of its members on policy matters. Please email independentsvoice@npa.co.uk or call Helga Mangion, NPA policy manager on 01727 858687 with comments on this consultation or anything else.




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