Pharmacists will be asked to consider three new standards when writing up their reflective accounts for revalidation next year, the GPhC has announced.

Following a council meeting on 14 April, the regulator announced that pharmacy professionals renewing their registration on or after 1 October 2022 will need to reflect on one or more of the following three standards in their reflective account:

● Standard one: Pharmacy professionals must provide person-centred care

● Standard two: Pharmacy professionals must work in partnership with others

● Standard five: Pharmacy professionals must use their professional judgement.

‘These standards were selected because of their relevance during the pandemic where many pharmacy professionals adapted their approach based on the individual care and needs of patients; increasingly operated as part of multi-professional teams; and were required to use their professional judgement in particularly challenging circumstances,’ the GPhC said.

But pharmacy professionals renewing their registration on or before 30 September 2022 only need to submit a reflective account – and no other parts of the revalidation requirements – because of a relaxed policy introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, those due to renew their registration on or after 1 October will need to submit all six revalidation records, as announced on 23 March. This comprises four CPD records (two of which must be planned events), one peer discussion and one reflective account.

The standards will remain in place from 1 October 2022 to 31 December 2024, the GPhC added.