(PRWEB UK) 8 October 2013
In an attempt to create a more universal strategy, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) will be refining its services to become the central regulator accountable for pharmacy inspections – except in circumstances requiring stringent guidelines.
The new system hopes to instil a joined-up working approach with regards to a set of memoranda of understanding agreed between the GPhC and other watchdogs by the end of this fiscal year.
This policy has been implemented in response to concerns shared by pharmacy experts via the Red Tape Challenge; where another element factored in by this policy is the responsible pharmacist rules.
Speaking about future developments at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society conference, Health Minister Lord Howe said: “We need a robust pharmacy inspection regime to protect people.
“This initiative is not about altering or taking away inspection powers from the General Pharmaceutical Council or other regulatory bodies. It is about improving the inspection regime and lessening the burden on pharmacy businesses.
“Equally, we need a modern approach to pharmacy regulation which maintains patient safety but also improves quality and professional development.”
As part of its plans in moving forward, a partial impact assessment has been published – detailing the costs and advantages associated with the launch of the policy.
A spokesperson for Rowlands Pharmacy stated: “It’s been a busy year for the pharmaceutical industry, but for all the right reasons. Becoming a much more integrated force allows us to work in partnership with other authorities, advancing communications as well as enhancing patient protection.
“Now that we have these new guidelines in place, it’s important that all the pharmacies are on board and understand the implications – and benefits – involved. By creating a transparent programme that everyone can adhere to, we can improve our strengths and focus our efforts on any potential areas of weaknesses whilst striking a healthy balance.”
It is hoped that the updated responsible pharmacist legislation will be made official by the end of 2014.
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