Our Employment Solicitors Manchester specialist for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians offer representation in all cases presented by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
The Regulatory Process
The following information describes the disciplinary process as outlined by the General Pharmaceutical Council.
Complaints will be investigated by an inspector who will gather all evidence and carry out an inspection of premises where required. The pharmacist or pharmacy technician must also present evidence and information relating to their defence. If the evidence supports further investigation, an investigating committee will determine whether the case should be presented at a hearing. The pharmacist or pharmacy technician may be suspended from duty at any point in the investigation via an interim order presented by the fitness to practice committee.
All evidence will be presented to the Investigating Committee, and the pharmacist or pharmacy technician will be given every opportunity to present all information and evidence in their defence, including calling witnesses where relevant.
If the pharmacist’s or pharmacy technician’s fitness to practice is proved to be diminished on the balance of probabilities, the following actions may be enforced:
- A warning may be issued
- Conditions or restrictions may be imposed for up to 3 years
- A 12-month suspension may be issued
- The pharmacist or pharmacy technician may be dismissed indefinitely, prohibiting them from working in this field
- Recommendation of criminal prosecution
The pharmacist or pharmacy technician can appeal to the High Court against any decision or judgement within 28 days of the decision.
Internal disciplinary proceedings
Our specialist employment law solicitors will be happy to represent any pharmacist or pharmacy technician involved in internal disciplinary proceedings being carried out by their employer or line manager.
Representation for pharmacist or pharmacy technician in cases of regulatory proceedings
If you are subject to proceedings carried out by the General Pharmaceutical Council in respect to your role as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician, please contact us on 0161 82 11 559, or complete the form on our enquiry page. One of our dedicated team will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your case, possible outcomes and all of your available options.