Pharmacists must submit their CPD records before their annual registration expires under the new revalidation framework or risk not being allowed to practise, delegates were reminded on day two of the Sigma conference. The new revalidation process begins next month.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be required to submit four CPD records (two planned and two unplanned), as well as a peer discussion and a reflective account. These must be sent to the GPhC in time for registration renewal.

A peer discussion is undertaken through engagement with someone who understands a registrant’s work and involves reflecting on learning and practice, explained the NPA’s chief pharmacist, Leyla Hannbeck. A reflective account is designed to encourage practitioners to think about how they meet the GPhC’s standards for pharmacy professionals.

She explained the timeline for revalidation in the coming months:

  • March 30: Revalidation goes live and recording of the revised CPD format begins. A new online CPD recording portal will also go live. CPD entries on the old portal will become read-only
  • June 30: old CPD portal goes offline. Registrants must ensure they have downloaded previous CPD entries.

Pharmacy professionals with a registration expiry date of December 31, 2018, will be asked to submit only four CPD entries when renewing their registration. These can be submitted when the renewal window opens on August 1.

Those with a registration expiry date of December 31, 2019, will be required to submit their full six records for revalidation as part of their registration renewal.

A show of hands among delegates showed that many were unaware of the impending revalidation timelines.

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