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New regulator appoints first chair


The General Pharmaceutical Council has announced the appointment of Robert Nicholls as chair of the new 14-member body.

The council will act as the new independent regulator for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians from 2010, replacing the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

It will develop new standards to provide a clearer framework to ensure that pharmacy services continue to put public health, safety and wellbeing to the fore.

Announcing Mr Nicholls appointment, health minister Ann Keen said: “The new General Pharmaceutical Council will modernise and strengthen the regulation of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. It will also ensure that patient safety is at the heart of pharmacy services and support professional development.”

Mr Nicholls, who has worked as a manager at hospital, district and regional levels over a career spanning almost 40 years, was awarded the CBE for services to health care in 1995.

He commented: “It is exciting to be involved in the creation of a new organisation, particularly one aimed at improving patient safety and enhancing confidence in pharmacy, at a time when the vital role of pharmacists is being extensively developed.”

Other members of the council designate will be appointed later this year.

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

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