New Education Standards For Pharmacy Technicians

On the 3rd of October 2017 the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)  launched their new standards for the initial education and training (IET) of pharmacy technicians along with changes to the criteria for registration.

GPhC chief executive Duncan Rudkin said “We believe these new standards reflect the changing needs of patients in today’s healthcare environment; and support the delivery of person centred care and professionalism of the pharmacy technician role.  They should also provide assurance that pharmacy technicians are receiving the right education and training to prepare them to provide safe and effective care from their first day on the job.”  

The new standards were created in response to rigorous consultations with stakeholders interested in pharmacy technician education.

Some of the areas where changes were made in response to the feedback include:

  • Adding five new learning outcomes; consolidating other learning outcomes and making minor changes to others to ensure consistency between the learning outcome and the assigned outcome level.
  • The new standards set a requirement that pharmacy technicians need to have the knowledge and skills to check accurately in a variety of settings, but it would be for the employer or someone with appropriate authority and accountability to decide if a newly-qualified pharmacy technician has the appropriate competencies to carry out a ‘final’ accuracy check.

Things to note:

  1. The improved standards place emphasis on the necessary knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate professionalism and deliver person-centred care.
  2. Standards also focus on the integration of learning in order to better cement the learning objective and goals.
  3. Course providers and employers will now be required to work together to provide an educational experience that supports and evidences their learning.
  4. Courses incorporating the new standards are expected to be designed during 2018-2019; with all training providers expected to offer courses based on the new standards from 2019.
  5. Until new courses are ready, trainee pharmacy technicians can still enrol on existing ones,which will remain accredited by the GPhC for registration purposes.

For full information regarding the new GPhC standards and for the latest changes please visit

GPhC launches new education and training standards for pharmacy technicians [online] Viewed October 2017