GPhC to increase pharmacy premises registration fees 

GPhC to increase pharmacy premises registration fees 

July 27, 2020

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced a £103 increase in its registration fees for pharmacy premises from April 2021.

Based on figures from 2018/19, and after seeking views from the sector, the Council has determined that it needs to set the annual premises registration fee at £365 to cover the cost of its regulatory work.

The consultation originally proposed implementing the increased fees from October 2020 but, due to the pressures experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, their introduction has been delayed until April 2021.

Read the GPhC paper on pharmacy premises registration fees

During the consultation process PSNC expressed dismay about the proposal to increase premises registration and renewal fees when pharmacy businesses were already facing significant financial challenges from a combination of rising costs, capacity issues and flat funding.

PSNC argued that the activities that necessitate such a dramatic increase in premises registration and renewal fees could have been considered with cost estimates at the outset, with alternative proposals also costed, so that there could have been greater accountability and transparency and involvement of the sector at an earlier stage of the decision-making; and choices informed by regulatory need and cost could have been made, rather than separately.

PSNC Director of Operations and Support, Gordon Hockey, said: 

“PSNC works collaboratively with the GPhC; we recognise the importance of regulation and we support the need for that function to be properly funded. It is unfortunate that the increase in fee is so dramatic, and comes at a particularly difficult time for all in the sector, due to the 5-year flat funding settlement, agreed with DHSC and NHSE&I in 2019, and following the pressures and cost of the coronavirus outbreak. There is limited recognition of this with the short delay before the new fee is introduced.”

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