Pharmacy professionals due to submit their revalidation records on or before May 31, 2022 only need to present a reflective account until June 1, 2022, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has said.
GPhC has extended the deadline, considering the continuation of pressures related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Omicron variant, that pharmacy professionals are facing this winter.
Changes to revalidation requirements were first introduced in March 2020 due to pressures on pharmacy professionals during the pandemic.
The changes were then extended until March 1, 2022, with the GPhC remaining committed to keep the situation under review.
“Our current intention is that full revalidation will not resume until the emergency powers for the pandemic introduced by the secretary of state for health and social care are removed, but we will continue to keep this under active review,” GPhC stated.
It added that pharmacy professionals will be given “a minimum of three months’ notice” before the full revalidation requirements are reintroduced.
With the change, pharmacy professionals will not need to submit the other five revalidation records, but would still be required to reflect on one or more of the following three standards:
- Standard 3 – pharmacy professionals must communicate effectively
- Standard 6 – pharmacy professionals must behave professionally
- Standard 9 – pharmacy professionals must demonstrate leadership