The governing council of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has agreed to increase the registered pharmacy entry and annual renewal fees from £262 to £365.
In a statement released this week, the GPhC has said that the increase is to reflect the cost of regulating each pharmacy premises.
The Council’s decision follows a consultation on fees for registered pharmacy premises, which ran from January to April 2020. Stakeholders were asked for their views on whether fees for pharmacy premises should be charged according to how much it costs to regulate them.
The GPhC received over 1700 responses to the consultation and has published a report summarising the feedback that was received.
The consultation proposed that the increase in fees would come into force in October 2020. However, due to the pressures experienced by the pharmacy sector during the coronavirus pandemic, the Council decided to delay bringing in the fee increases until April 2021.
The GPhC has confirmed that there are no immediate plans to change fees for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
GPhC Chief Executive Duncan Rudkin said:
“We would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation on fees for registered pharmacy premises. As part of its decision-making process, our Council has carefully considered consultation feedback, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the overall cost of pharmacy regulation.
“We have had to make this increase to make sure fees cover the cost of regulating each pharmacy premises, which is now £365 a year. The revised fee structure will begin in April next year to provide time for pharmacy owners to prepare for this change.”
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