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Pharmacy technicians have been urged to complete their registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council before this summer’s deadline.
Under new rules set to come into force on 1 July, all technicians will be legally required to register with the GPhC.
All applications must be signed off by a registered pharmacist or pharmacy technician, and must include evidence of qualifications and work experience.
The GPhC has warned technicians to submit their applications with plenty of time to spare.
GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin said: “As this is the first registration of pharmacy technicians we are unsure how many people will be registering with us – so if registration is left closer to the deadline there is a chance that the sheer volume will mean that formal registration wouldn’t be processed until after the deadline.
“It is important that the earlier the application is submitted the better for both the registrant and our registration team.”
He added: “The additional problem in leaving the registration until near the deadline is that one never knows what issues might get in the way that would prevent the application being submitted by the deadline.
“As this deadline is driven by legislation we wouldn’t have an option to be flexible.”
Hilary Lloyd, director of regulatory services at the GPhC, said: “It’s important that we process applications as smoothly and efficiently as possible. We are finding that a significant number of applications are lacking important information which increases the time it takes us to register professionals.”
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