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PDA responds to the GPhC’s consultation ‘Draft equality guidance for pharmacies’

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) recently consulted on its ‘Draft equalities guidance for pharmacies.’ Whilst the PDA welcomed this consultation, it has a number of concerns around certain aspects of the consultation.

Fri 1st July 2022 The PDA

The first concern is that the consultation seeks to link this proposed guidance with the GPhC’s Standards for registered pharmacies but without any proposed mechanism for how this would be monitored by GPhC Inspectors. The Inspection decision-making framework currently used by inspectors does not even once mention Equality, Diversity, or Inclusiveness (EDI) within the document.

The PDA’s second concern is that the document suggests to pharmacy owners that they don’t need to undertake a specific risk assessment at every pharmacy premises. The PDA does not accept that a generic risk assessment would be valid and contends that every pharmacy premises is unique and thus needs its own unique assessment of risk.

Read the PDA’s full response here

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Read the consultation document here

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The consultation ran from 7 April 2020 to 6 June 2021.

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