The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) introduced new Standards for Registered Pharmacies in 2013 along with a new approach to inspection. The standards are spilt into 5 principles and within each principle there are a number of points listed which are aimed at safeguarding patients, minimising risk and improving the service provided by a pharmacy.
Further guidance on the Standards and details of the 5 principles can be found at: www.pharmacyregulation.org/pharmacystandardsguide
The GPhC inspectors will seek evidence from owners, superintendent pharmacists and the pharmacy team to demonstrate how the standards are being achieved consistently on a daily basis. It is therefore important that all pharmacists and support staff are familiar with the standards and ensure that they are met.