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The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the regulatory body for pharmacy responsible for maintaining and improving standards to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of people using pharmacy services.

In September 2012 the GPhC launched new standards for registered pharmacies although they did not have the powers to enforce them until October 2013. The standards (as they are referred to in this module) outline what is expected of pharmacies and pharmacy staff when operating in the community.


By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe what the standards are and why they were created
  • Explain what your role and the role of all pharmacy staff is prior to and during an inspection
  • Take appropriate action following an inspection