The BPSA's statement on proposed changes to initial training and education standards

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) are currently consulting on significant changes to the initial education and training of pharmacists.

The proposed changes can be found here:

The association produced a survey to solicit the views of students on the proposed changes to initial education and training standards for Pharmacists. We also sought to ascertain the potential impact of the proposed standards on students as well as collate queries concerning the standards. Some responses were informed by the Associations policies, these are governed by motions passed at our Annual Conferences. As previously stated, we intended to release a draft of our response for comment prior to a formal submission to the regulatory body.

Most students disagreed with the notion of setting integrated standards for the five years of education. However, most students felt it was feasible for students to be at the standard proposed by the GPhC at the end of the first five years of education. Our responses indicated that concern was largely due to the implementation of the standards. The principle of an integrated degree was lauded albeit merely theoretically, largely as a result of remuneration concerns. The importance of the role of logistics and the work undertaken to engage stakeholders, Pharmacy schools and training providers to enforce standards in a way that does not adversely affect current and potential students was elucidated. The association thus seeks to be a part of this dialogue to help ascertain the ramifications of potential changes on students.  

The full draft response can be found here:

Comments concerning the response can be submitted by filling in this form:


Email:  if you have any questions concerning our response to the consultation.


Kweku Bimpong

BPSA Publications Officer 2018-2019


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