Continuing professional development (CPD)

We are here to lead and support your development across all your sector(s) and all levels of your pharmacy practice, throughout your professional life.

We help to keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in pharmacy, to deliver an optimal service to patients and the public and meet the requirements of the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Wondering how to prepare for revalidation?

At this year's RPS Annual Conference, we'll have speakers from GPhC to discuss their vision for revalidation, and the General Medical Council (GMC) will discuss the journey of implementing revalidation for doctors.

There'll also be a key session looking at how the RPS can support you to become revalidation ready.

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Continuing professional development, or CPD, is a continuous process of lifelong learning. In undertaking CPD, you document the skills, knowledge and experience that you learn while working in your chosen profession.

CPD enables you to:

  • Identify your learning needs, and areas for development
  • Recognise the learning that occurs in your professional environment
  • Explore ways of learning and decide on the correct method for you

Your CPD entries should reflect the work you do as a pharmacy professional, and be relevant to pharmacy practice.

The types of entries made will differ from person to person, for example, a community pharmacist’s entries may focus on clinical or public health issues, whereas a pharmacy manager’s record may place more emphasis on management or coaching skills.

Your entries might discuss activities like:

  • developing your skills and knowledge by attending events
  • practice-based learning such as receiving feedback from patients or audits
  • review and analysis of incidents which you’ve experienced
  • self-directed learning such as reading or research
  • learning with others e.g. attending LPF workshops

It is a legal requirement to undertake and record CPD for you to remain on the GPhC register. 

A CPD record is a repositry of digital or written evidence, which you complete for all your learning activities. 

To record your CPD entries, you’ll need to log in to the GPhC’s CPD Online system at There is also a version for tablet devices, such as iPads, which you might prefer to use instead.

When you registered with the GPhC, you will have been sent details of your username and password. You’ll need this along with your GPhC number to log into the CPD system.

What is the format for recording CPD?

Continuing professional development has a circular structure with four stages:

  • Reflection: thinking about what you want to learn and why
  • Planning: deciding how and when you will undertake your learning
  • Action: recording what you’ve learnt
  • Evaluation: identifying the benefits of your learning

You will need to record a minimum of nine entries a year all of which need to end at the evaluation stage. Since July 2011, three of your entries must start at reflection.

Frequently asked questions

I've forgotten my username and/or password

You can use the password reminder tool to retrieve your username and password for the GPhC's online CPD recording system. 

You'll need to be able to provide your registered postocde and date of birth in order for details of your credentials to be emailed to you. If you can't, these will be sent to you via post. 

You can also contact the helpdesk directly by calling 01225 731329 or emailing [email protected] (Open Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm, excluding bank holidays)

When does the CPD year run to/from?

A CPD year begins on the day you join or re-register with the regulator, and ends on the date that your registration expires.

If your record is called before your CPD year is over, you'll be expected to submit a pro-rata number of entries. E.g. If your registration expires in November and you are called for review in July, you'll still be expected to submit six out of the nine entries (two thirds).

You can record any activity that results in learning that is relevant to your practice as a pharmacy professional. The following is a non-exhaustive list of activities you could put on your CPD record:

  • learning knowledge and skills at conferences, courses and professional meetings
  • practice-based learning including feedback from patients
  • professional audit, including peer review
  • analysis and review of critical incidents and complaints
  • self-directed learning, including reading, writing and undertaking research
  • learning with others in the workplace
  • interactions with other healthcare professionals
  • preparing for and giving lectures and presentations
  • designing and delivering training sessions or courses
  • writing papers and other articles for publication

What does the RPS offer than I can use to enhance my CPD record?

We've put together a list of our resources to help you complete your CPD record. Find them below:

Example CPD entries/Case studies

We have 11 examples of entries for your CPD record on our example CPD entries page, including:

  • Generic entry example
  • Academic case studies
  • Community case studies
  • Hospital case studies
  • Industrial case studies
  • Primary care case studies


Resources from GPhC


RPS Professional Support Service

Have a query about CPD? Our professional support service can help.