Change to re-validation requirements September-December 2020
Pharmacy professionals who have a registration renewal deadline between 1 September and 31 December 2020 will only need to submit a reflective account when they renew their registration. They will also need to make the required declarations and pay the fee. They will not need to submit a peer discussion record or any planned or unplanned CPD records.
This approach recognises the importance of resuming revalidation in terms of public assurance, while also taking account of the disruption that will have been caused to any planned learning, as well as the demands that are continuing to be placed on pharmacy professionals during the pandemic.
Pharmacy professionals are still expected to reflect on one or more of the following three standards when completing their reflective account:
- standard 3 - pharmacy professionals must communicate effectively
- standard 6 - pharmacy professionals must behave professionally
- standard 9 - pharmacy professionals must demonstrate leadership
The GPhC would encourage pharmacy professionals to reflect on their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic when completing their reflective account, although this is not essential.
Pharmacy professionals will need to submit their reflective account via myGPhC as usual when renewing their registration.
Pharmacy professionals due to renew between September and December who have already completed their peer discussion or CPD records for revalidation can submit them next year instead if they choose to do so. Any records already added into myGPhC can be saved by the pharmacy professional so they can be submitted later.
The GPhC’s current intention would be to resume revalidation requirements in full after 31 December 2020, but the GPhC will keep this under review and provide an update towards the end of the year.