The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) agreed to begin a consultation in the coming month on an increase to some of its fees for 2019-20 at its meeting on 11 October 2018.
In the consultation, the GPhC will propose to increase the entry and yearly renewal fees for pharmacists by £7 from £250 to £257, pharmacy technicians by £3 from £118 to £121 and pharmacy premises by £21 from £241 to £262.
The GPhC is the independent regulator of more than 55,000 pharmacists, 23,000 pharmacy technicians and 14,000 pharmacy premises in England, Scotland and Wales. They use these fees in their work to assure and improve the standards of care for people using pharmacy services. Their role is to protect the public and give them assurance that they will receive safe and effective care when using pharmacy services. They set standards for pharmacy professionals and pharmacies to enter and remain on our register.
This is the first time the GPhC has proposed an increase in fees since 2015. The proposed fees for pharmacy professionals are still lower than the fees charged in 2011. For the first time, the proposals would make the fee for registered pharmacies higher than the fee for pharmacists.
Pharmacy in Practice has requested comment from the GPhC.
Further information about the GPhC can be found at www.pharmacyregulation.org.