The Company Chemists’ Association (CCA) has urged the government to clarify the definition of senior manager and its proposals on the roles and responsibilities of superintendent and responsible pharmacists.

A 12-week UK-wide consultation on two draft orders, the first which sought views on proposals for a legal defence for inadvertent dispensing errors in hospitals and other care settings, the other on the role of superintendent and responsible pharmacists, closes today.

CCA chief executive Malcolm Harrison (pictured) said he welcomed “proposals to move from legislation to regulation in pharmacy” but insisted any changes should enable “the further evolution of community pharmacy services.”

“We continue to support the principle of ‘one pharmacy, one pharmacist.’ Nevertheless, we also see this as an opportunity to start to unlock the potential provided by the whole pharmacy team to deliver timely and cost-effective services for patients and the NHS and move away from outdated legislation,” he said.

The CCA said it had concerns about what it perceived to be a lack of clarity over the proposed definition of senior manager for superintendent pharmacists and the roles of superintendent and responsible pharmacists “together with other company officials.”

“Together with all parts of community pharmacy, the CCA expects to play an early and full role in shaping the governance and regulation of the sector,” the CCA said.

Harrison added: “Community pharmacy must not be held back by laws made half a century ago. The CCA continues to call on the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board, which is reviewing the legislation around pharmacy across the UK, to maintain the momentum recently gained.

“We need to work together to ensure that evolving legislation and regulation is safe, efficient and contributes to securing improved patient outcomes.”

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