GPhC announces closure date for the provisional register

Following the GPhC’s announcement that the provisional register will close on 31 January 2022, the PDA is reminding all provisional registrants that they must join the main register to continue to practise as a pharmacist after this date.

Tue 9th November 2021 The PDA

Provisional registrants must submit complete and correct registration applications by 30 November 2021 to avoid there being a gap between the end of the provisional register being closed and their registration on the full register. The PDA advises provisional registrants to submit applications as soon as possible.

Applications made after 30 November, even if complete and correct, will not come into effect by the time the provisional register closes. Those unable to apply by this date or those that experience issues with their application could find that they may not be registered for a period. You cannot practise as a pharmacist if you are not on a register and this could also affect your employment. 

The PDA strongly recommends that provisional registrants apply now to help avoid any issues, especially if they are currently working as a pharmacist and want to continue uninterrupted in the role. Visit the GPhC website for further information.

When the provisional register closes, the provisional registration status will end. This means that granting individual extensions is not an option.


What does this mean for your PDA membership?

Provisional pharmacists that have not taken the pre-reg exam or who have nullified all previous attempts will cease being a registered (provisional) pharmacist at the end of January 2022 and therefore can no longer practice as a pharmacist. You will need to take and pass the exam at a future date. Until then, you can remain a PDA member in the “Potential Pharmacist” membership category.

For those who will take the exam in November and receive results in January, we will publish a comprehensive explanation of what membership category is appropriate for you before exam results are published.

What about the temporary register?

Pharmacists in general may be wondering what is happening to the temporary register which was also created under emergency powers at the start of the pandemic.

The temporary register was created for pharmacy professionals who had voluntarily removed themselves or were removed for non-renewal from the GPhC register in the previous three years and did not have fitness to practise issues.

The GPhC has confirmed that there is still no end date for the temporary register. The GPhC will contact all those on the temporary register to inform them in advance of the date of its termination, once a date is agreed.

Learn more

Visit the GPhC website for further information.


Not yet a PDA member?

If you have not yet joined the PDA, we encourage you to join today and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Membership is FREE to pharmacy students, pre-regs and for the first three months of being provisionally registered/newly qualified.


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