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Employing non-GB pharmacy technicians after Brexit

Know the new rules

January 4th 2021

Tagged: HR Zone news Brexit

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Non-GB pharmacy technicians to need to complete a GB technician qualification before they can practice, according to end of transition period rules.

From 1 January 2021, all applicants with pharmacy technician qualifications from outside Great Britain will need to complete the General Pharmaceutical Council-approved pharmacy technician qualifications before being eligible to make an application to register for practice.

For non GB pharmacy technicians already registered, the end of the transition period does not change their registration status. EEA pharmacy technicians can continue practising after the transition period ends.

EEA qualified pharmacists with relevant European qualifications will still be able to apply to register for up to two years and will have a simplified route to registration, provided their qualification is listed in Annex V section 5.6.2 of Directive 2005/36/EC.

Employers of all staff should check government guidelines about proof of settled status, and, where required, registration status.