We handle cases where pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are being investigated by their regulatory body, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
The Regulatory Process
The disciplinary process followed by the GPhC is as follows:-
- Investigation - an inspector will investigate the complaint, including, if required, conducting an inspection of premises. They will also take evidence from the pharmacist/technician under investigation. If it is determined that there is sufficient evidence, the matter may next be referred to the Investigating Committee. Should the Investigating Committee determine that there is a case to answer, then they will refer the matter to the Fitness to Practice Committee for a hearing. At any point during the investigation, the matter may be referred to the Fitness to Practice Committee for an interim Order to suspend the pharmacist/technician or place conditions on them, whilst the matter is investigated.
- Hearing - the pharmacist/technician will be able to call witnesses, present evidence, and make representations in their defence.
- Decision and sanctions - should the Fitness to Practice Committee find that the case against the pharmacist/technician is proved on the balance of probabilities, then they have the option of imposing the following sanctions against them: issuing a warning, placing conditions on the pharmacist/technician for up to 3 years, suspending them for up to 12 months, or removing/striking them off the register. In some cases, they can also recommend that the GPhC Council initiate criminal proceedings.
- Appeal - the pharmacist/technician can appeal against any sanctions imposed to the High Court within 28 days.
Internal Disciplinary Proceedings
We also assist and represent pharmacists and pharmacy technicians where they are the subject of internal disciplinary proceedings by their employer
What To Do If Regulatory Proceedings Are Commenced Against You
Should internal disciplinary proceedings or GPhC regulatory proceedings be commenced against you, then please either telephone us on 0333 301 0700, or complete the questionnaire on the top right hand side of this page.