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The GPhC is unique among healthcare professional regulators because it has its own Inspectorate.
What is the role of the Inspectorate?
The inspectors have two main roles:
To inspect registered pharmacy premises in order to monitor and secure compliance with relevant legal requirements and professional standards.
To investigate complaints and allegations involving registered pharmacists or registered pharmacy technicians.
In addition to the above, inspectors provide advice on compliance issues and liaise with other regulatory and enforcement agencies as well as local Primary Care Organisations.
Who are the GPhC inspectors?
The GPhC currently employs a number of inspectors across Great Britain.
The inspectors are divided into three regional groups: the Northern, Central and South-Eastern region. Each region is managed by a Regional Lead Inspector.
Each inspector is responsible for the registered pharmacy premises in approximately five to seven Primary Care Organisations. This means each inspector has between 500 and 600 registered pharmacy premises to inspect.
On average, an inspector will complete on excess of 200 inspection visits per year.
Find out who the inspector is for your area and how to contact them: