Pharmacy regulation body established

The DoH has announced the establishment of a Professional Regulation and Leadership Oversight Group (PRLOG), which will advise and work with health ministers on the programme of work to establish a new pharmacy regulator - the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

Dawn Primarolo, minister of state for public health
Dawn Primarolo, minister of state for public health

The establishment of the group follows recommendations made in the report of the Working Party on professional regulation and leadership in pharmacy, chaired by Lord Carter of Coles.

The Group will advise and work with Health Ministers helping to identify how leadership in the pharmacy profession can best support the GPhC, for example through the establishment of a Royal College for pharmacy.

Dawn Primarolo, minister of state for public health, welcomed the chairman of the Pharmacy Regulation and Leadership Group (PRLOG), Ken Jarrold CBE, and other members who have agreed to work with Ministers on the important and challenging work to establish the new GPhC.

She said: 'I am delighted to welcome the members of PRLOG. They do not represent any specific interest or organisation - and are therefore, able to work across the broad spectrum of interested parties to help us achieve these significant changes within pharmacy. We want to make use of the tremendous range of skills and experience this group can bring to this important task.

'The practice of pharmacy is changing. It is becoming much more clinical in nature and initiatives such as prescribing of medicines by pharmacists are helping pharmacy to play its full part in a reformed NHS. This is to be welcomed.

'The GPhC will regulate pharmacy but will need support from within the pharmacy profession to help determine standards and take professional care forward in a safe manner. A body for pharmacy, similar to the Royal Colleges, might provide such support if the pharmacy profession decide that this is the best way forward.'

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