The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced that the revised criteria for registration as a pharmacy technician in the UK will come into effect on August 31 this year.

The new criteria, which sets out the education, training and experience needed to register as a technician, has two changes.

Firstly, pre-registration trainee pharmacy technicians training in the UK will be able to train under the direction, supervision or guidance of a pharmacy technician or pharmacist.

The regulator has also removed the option for current or recently registered pharmacists in the UK to register automatically as a pharmacy technician.

“As is the case when new education and training standards are introduced, there will be a transitional period in which existing courses are taught out as new ones are introduced. Typically, this phasing period lasts for two/three years for pharmacy technician courses,” the GPhC said.

The GPhC has also decided to keep registration renewal fees for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises at the same level for 2018-19.

Renewal fees will stay at £250 for pharmacists, £118 for pharmacy technicians and £241 for registered pharmacies.