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Governance of new regulator yet to be agreed

Governance arrangements for the new pharmacy regulator, the General Pharmaceutical Council, are yet to be finalised, although they have now been considered by the Pharmacy Regulation and Leadership Oversight Group (PRLOG).

The governance group of PRLOG completed an interim report setting out a framework for the GPhC — including recommendations for the composition of the GPhC, and for remuneration and terms of office of Council members — which was considered by PRLOG at its 11 December meeting.

Ken Jarrold, chairman of PRLOG and member of the governance group, said: “PRLOG welcomes and endorses most of the recommendations in the report, but has requested time for further discussion around the composition of the council.”

PRLOG expects to issue its advice on the interim governance recommendations to the Department of Health in January 2009. The DoH will then draft a constitution order for the GPhC, and begin appointing a chairman and council designate.

The final governance report is due in March 2009.

Completion of the interim report closely follows the recent publication of the draft Pharmacy Order 2009 (PJ, 13 December 2008, p683), which sets out the proposed powers and responsibilities that the GPhC will have when it comes into force in 2010.

Consultation on the draft Order is currently under way, and will close on 9 March 2009.?

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10043866

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