Return to practice checklist

Are you looking to return to practice as a pharmacist? It can be daunting, so we've prepared a helpful guide to take you through the process step by step .

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacies in Great Britain. How you get back on to the GPhC register depends on how long it has been since you were last registered with them.

Sections on this page
  • Overview
  • Less than 12 months since you were last registered with the GPhC
  • More than 12 months since you were last registered with the GPhC
  • GPhC Standards for pharmacy professionals
  • Returning to the GPhC register following removal by Fitness to Practice Committee
  • Revalidation
  • Professional indemnity
  • Additional RPS resources
  • Other organisations
  • Supporting your pharmacy career

Less than 12 months since you were last registered with the GPhC Less than 12 months since you were last registered with the GPhC

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The GPhC application form can be accessed here.

myGPhC can be accessed here.

Downloadable Revalidation templates can be accessed here.

More than 12 months since you were last registered with the GPhC [or registered with the previous regulator, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)] More than 12 months since you were last registered with the GPhC [or registered with the previous regulator, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)]

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The GPhC application form can be accessed here.

*Portfolio of evidence

The following table shows what your portfolio of evidence must contain:

 Requirement  Example 
A completed self-assessment form of the standards  Showing your competence of each of the Standards for pharmacy professionals (see wheel of standards below) 
A personal statement Including any CPD, training or work experience done while not on the GPhC register (make sure you record the date, course title, qualifications and a brief description of course content, as appropriate)
A self-evaluation Explaining how any activities recorded in your personal statement has prepared you for returning to practice and these will benefit people using your services
A personal development plan Showing further training requirements that you have identified to address gaps in your knowledge, with approximate timescales in which you expect to complete them
A full, current CV Detailing your initial qualifications and your work history over the last ten years
A paper copy of your relevant CPD Following the format of the revalidation templates
Documentary evidence of any learning activities, courses, qualifications or work experience that you may have done while not on the GPhC register Copies of certificates must be signed, dated and certified by the GPhC registered pharmacy professional who is countersigning your application (details of the wording can be found in the Guidance for completing your application 

Full details are available on the GPhC website.

GPhC Standards for pharmacy professionals GPhC Standards for pharmacy professionals

GPhC standards wheel

The current Standards for pharmacy professionals are made up of nine standards:


  1. Provide person-centred care
  2. Work in partnership with others
  3. Communicate effectively
  4. Maintain, develop and use their professional knowledge and skills
  5. Use professional judgement
  6. Behave in a professional manner
  7. Respect and maintain the person’s confidentiality and privacy
  8. Speak up when they have concerns or when things go wrong
  9. Demonstrate leadership

More details can be found on the GPhC website.

(This Standards for pharmacy professionals wheel and the Standards listed above are acknowledged as General Pharmaceutical Council copyright material).

Returning to the GPhC register following removal by Fitness to Practice Committee Returning to the GPhC register following removal by Fitness to Practice Committee

You must wait until you’re permitted to apply to return to the register.

We recommend reading the Guidance on returning to the register, then completing the application form.

Revalidation Revalidation

From October 2018 everyone registered with the GPhC has to complete revalidation as part of the annual registration renewal process. There is information about this on the RPS website and the GPhC website.

You can record what you’ve learnt as part of your returning to practice on the RPS MyCPD app or the RPS myCPD portfolio.

You may find the Reflective account helpful for recording information and reflecting on not only what you have learned, but this may also help you identify any knowledge gaps that still exist.

The Peer discussion tool may be useful following talking to pharmacists about what you have learned and what you have identified as future learning opportunities or courses etc.

Professional indemnity Professional indemnity

The GPhC has information on Professional indemnity requirements.

You can contact our Professional Support team for further advice.

Additional RPS resources Additional RPS resources

You may find the following RPS resources useful:

You may want to consider work shadowing within the area of pharmacy that you’re looking at working in.

You can speak to local community pharmacists, hospital pharmacists, GP practices etc. to see if work shadowing may be possible, this will help you get a feel for working in that field of pharmacy and will give you some learning and networking opportunities.

You may also want to think about networking through your RPS Local group – and you may find someone who will be happy to help you through the registration process.

You can always contact our Professional support team, who are available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Other organisations Other organisations

The following organisations also offer support with returning to practice:

England: 

Scotland:

Wales:

Supporting your pharmacy career Supporting your pharmacy career

Once your back on the GPhC register, we can support your ongoing professional development:

  • Revalidation tools and examples, build your CPD portfolio
  • The RPS Foundation Programme is designed to help you develop skills and knowledge for your first 1,000 days of practice, to support you if you’re returning to practice or if you’re switching career sectors 
  • The RPS Faculty Programme is a programme for you to demonstrate your advanced practice – and earn additional post-nominals
  • Professional support team: a friendly confidential line providing both career advice and day-to-day practice support.