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Independent pharmacy regulator to be created next year

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A new pharmacy regulator for with a single register is to be set up next year, the government has announced.

The new General Pharmaceutical Council will replace the existing Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) in spring 2010.

One of the tasks to be performed by the General Pharmaceutical Council will be to ensure a clearer framework to ensure public health, safety and wellbeing are safeguarded as much as possible.

The single register for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises will replace existing registers held by the RPSGB.

All professional leadership will be separated from regulation in line with the government’s white paper, ‘Trust, Assurance and Safety – the regulation of health professionals in the 21st Century.’

Health minister Mike O’Brien said: ‘Establishing a new General Pharmaceutical Council will give the public confidence that they are receiving the best quality pharmacy services.

‘This new Council ensures professionals providing pharmacy services put patient safety at the centre of everything they do. As a new independent regulator, the Council will modernise and strengthen the regulation of pharmacy professionals, giving them support in developing and maintaining their skills.’

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