• Deregulation of support staff training and unenforceable guidance – risks to patients

    Thu 19th October 2017 The PDA

    The GPhC consulted from 20 July to 11 October 2017 on proposed guidance for pharmacy owners on creating suitable working environments which enable pharmacy staff to operate safely and effectively. The PDA responded to the consultation, expressing its concerns. 

  • PDA Criticizes GPhC Revalidation Proposals

    Tue 18th July 2017 The PDA

    The PDA has said it believes the framework recently proposed by the GPhC does not constitute revalidation, for various reasons including an insufficiently rigorous process and the lack of formal appraisal by a senior pharmacist. We believe that the proposed framework should instead be referred to as CPD. 

  • GPhC revising threshold criteria for fitness to practise referral

    Wed 22nd March 2017 The PDA

    When a complaint is made to the GPhC about a registrant, it uses “threshold criteria” to decide whether to refer the matter to the investigating committee, who in turn decide whether to refer to the fitness to practise committee. The GPhC consulted on proposed new criteria to replace the existing. 

  • GPhC Proposes Changes to Pharmacy Technician Training

    Tue 21st March 2017 The PDA

    The GPhC has proposed changes to the initial education and training of pharmacy technicians. 

  • Consultation Response on Religion, Personal Values and Beliefs

    Fri 10th March 2017 The PDA

    The PDA has responded to the GPhC’s consultation on religion, personal values and beliefs and how these relate to patient care and professional responsibilities. 

  • Consultation Response on Independent Prescribers

    Thu 23rd February 2017 The PDA

    The GPhC is considering relaxing rules to allow pharmacist independent prescribers to supervise those in training. As experts in medicines, it makes sense for the profession to be able to do that. 

  • PSNI Consultation on Pharmacist Prescriber Register Annotation

    Tue 17th January 2017 The PDA

    The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is consulting on legal changes in relation to the annotation of the register of pharmacists who are qualified as independent prescribers, and corresponding changes for supplementary prescribers to ensure a consistent legislative approach to the two groups. 

  • GPhC CPD Sampling Consultation

    Wed 2nd November 2016 The PDA

    The GPhC proposed to change the way it samples registrants' CPD records - reducing the minimum sample size to 2.5% each year. The PDA called for research to assess whether CPD recording was of material benefit to the public and raised serious questions about the GPhC's approach to the consultation. 

  • Consultation on Pharmaceutical Services Regulations in Northern Ireland

    Wed 2nd November 2016 The PDA

    The Department of Health in Northern Ireland consulted on legal changes to enable prescriptions from therapeutic radiographers and registered dieticians to be dispensed, and to allow community pharmacy contractors to refuse to provide services to patients (or those accompanying them) if they are violent or threaten violence or a criminal offence. 

  • PDA concerned that proposed GPhC Standards for Pharmacists provide support to multiples

    July 2016 The PDA

    The PDA has responded to the GPhC's consultation on proposed new 'Standards for Pharmacy Professionals'. 

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