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a pharmacy sign imageJuly 10 2018

The General Pharmaceutical Council is seeking views on how its publication and disclosure policy should further reflect changes brought in under the General Data Protection Regulation. In particular, it is asking if there should be a limit on how long a fitness to practise sanction should appear on a registrant’s record.

An updated version of the GPhC’s policy document sets out how the regulator should go about disclosing information to third parties and how to deal with requests for information. It is inviting feedback on two key changes in the policy:

  • setting out what the GPhC needs to consider when making decisions to publish or disclose information that is in the public interest;
  • changing the length of time for which sanctions appear on a pharmacy professional’s entry on the online register, including lowering the period for a removal from indefinite to ten years and introducing a specific length of time for which a pharmacy professional’s restoration appears on the online register.

Duncan Rudkin, GPhC Chief Executive, said: “We have implemented our updated publication and disclosure policy to help make sure we comply with the GDPR. As a professional and systems regulator, it is essential to consider how we balance our aim to be open and transparent and working in the public interest with the rights and freedoms of individuals so that what we publish or disclose is proportionate.

“We’d like to hear feedback from interested individuals and organisations about the new publication and disclosure policy which we have now brought into effect.

“In particular, we want to hear views on the length of time we will publish information about a pharmacy professional’s fitness to practise history on the online register. We also want to hear what impact the changes we’ve made to our policy may have on various stakeholder groups.”

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