Pharmacy (Premises Standards, Information Obligations etc.) Order 2016 consultation

The DDA has responded to government consultations on pharmacy premises standards and the decriminalisation of inadvertent dispensing errors by pharmacy professionals.

Click here to read the DDA’s consultation responses.

A key proposalĀ in the Pharmacy (Premises Standards, Information Obligations etc.) Order 2016 consultation will allow the pharmacy regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), to set standards – rather than rules – for registered pharmacy premises. This means that breaches of premises standards will be referred to the GPhC’s fitness to practise committee rather than, as at present, result in an enforcement notice. Breach of this notice leads to criminal proceedings or disqualification proceedings.

Responding on behalf of members, the DDA is in favour of implementing standards rather than rules, in order to achieve similarities with CQC standards applying to dispensing practice, and it has called for the standards and the punitive mechanism for breaches to apply equally to the multiple pharmacy operators.

Its response also advises policy-makers at the Department of Health to consider the administrative impact of the changes on small and micro businesses.

The DH response to the consultation questions can be accessed here.