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The Authority publishes review of the GPhC’s performance for 2015/16


13 September 2016

The Professional Standards Authority (Authority) has published its annual performance review of the General Pharmaceutical Council. The GPhC’s register covers just over 75,000 pharmacy professionals and almost 14,500 pharmacy premises in Great Britain.

We assessed the GPhC’s performance against our Standards of good regulation and are pleased to report that the GPhC has met all of the standards for this year. We are particularly pleased to note the GPhC’s progress in meeting standards relating to Fitness to Practise and an overall improvement in their performance.

The Standards of good regulation are designed to ensure that the regulators are protecting the public but also promoting confidence in health and care professionals and themselves. The standards cover the regulators’ four core functions:

  • Setting and promoting guidance and standards for the profession
  • Setting standards for and quality assuring the provision of education and training
  • Maintaining a register of professionals
  • Taking action where a professional’s fitness to practise may be impaired.

More information about the how we reached our decision is set out in our Annual Review of Performance GPhC 2015/16 or read a summary in our snapshot.


Lesley Loughran, Publications Officer
DD: 0207 389 8019
Reception: 020 7389 8030

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Notes to the Editor

  1.  The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are unduly lenient and it is in the public interest.
  3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
  5. We do this to promote the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  6. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
  7. The GPhC registers pharmacists/pharmacy technicians/pharmacy premises in Great Britain. The Pharmaceutical Society Northern Ireland oversees registration of these professionals in Northern Ireland.
  8. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at