The GPhC has launched a consultation on its proposals to increase the entry and yearly renewal fees for July 2019 to July 2020. The consultation is now live and will be so for twelve weeks.
As we previously reported the GPhC is proposing the following increases 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. 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.
At its meeting on 11 October, the Council of the GPhC also agreed to undertake a comprehensive review of costs and fees, to inform a sustainable longer-term financial strategy. The GPhC will be consulting on the strategy as it is developed.
Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive of the GPhC said:
“We know that our fees have an impact on the finances of pharmacy professionals and registered pharmacies. And we recognise that pharmacy professionals and pharmacies are facing increases in their workloads, growing costs, and funding challenges. We therefore only propose fee increases when they are necessary.
“Over the last few years, we have been able to carry out our regulatory duties without increasing our fees. We have achieved this by sustained efficiency improvements and by using some of the financial reserves we held to cover the gap between our income and our outgoings. But we are continuing to see increases in our workload and costs, which we forecast will continue.
“It takes time for us to consult on, agree, and implement new fees, and even longer for the income to be received. That means we need to act now to make sure we have enough funds to carry out our regulatory functions in 2019-20 on behalf of patients and the public, while we continue developing our longer-term strategy.
“We want to hear from everyone who has views on the fees we set during the upcoming consultation.”
The consultation will be open for 12 weeks. The Council will then carefully consider the feedback received through the consultation at its meeting in March 2019 and will use this feedback to decide on the final fees for July 2019 – July 2020.
The consultation is available at www.pharmacyregulation.org/GPhC-Fees.