Pharmacy: Regulation

Health written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Shadow Health Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence is consulting on future General Pharmaceutical Council standards; and what recent assessment has been made of the adequacy of the existing standards.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Health Services), Department of Health

As the General Pharmaceutical Council will be independent of Government, it was not thought it appropriate for the Department to consult on these standards on their behalf.

The General Pharmaceutical Council will be a new body with new powers so there are no comparable statutory standards in existence for pharmacy. However, where there are existing standards that cover the same geographical remit as the new regulator, that is Great Britain, they have been used as a starting point for development. In particular, the most recent Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain education standards have been incorporated where possible.

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