General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

The GPhC is the regulatory body responsible for setting standards in pharmacy practice in the UK and ensuring that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians meet these standards.

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Investigation

Professional disciplinary matters before the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) requires expert legal guidance. The GPhC is the regulatory body responsible for setting standards in pharmacy practice in the UK and ensuring that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians meet these standards. When a pharmacist or pharmacy technician is accused of professional misconduct, the GPhC conducts an investigation and may bring disciplinary proceedings against them.

The disciplinary process can be daunting for healthcare professionals, who may not be familiar with the legal procedures and terminology involved. Seeking professional legal representation can help ensure that the subject of an investigation is afforded a fair hearing and a chance to defend themselves against the allegations.

Our regulatory specialists have the necessary knowledge and experience to navigate the disciplinary process, from the initial investigation to the final hearing.

At the investigation stage, the subject may be required to provide a response to the allegations made against them. A legal representative can assist in preparing the response and ensuring that it is submitted within the deadline. Our team are able to assist clients with understanding the nature of the allegations, the evidence against them, and the potential consequences of the proceedings.

Disciplinary proceedings

If the GPhC decides to proceed with disciplinary proceedings, the subject will be given notice of the charges against them and a date for the final hearing. The hearing is similar to a court proceeding in that witnesses give evidence and the subject presents their own evidence and arguments.

If the panel finds the subject guilty of professional misconduct, they may impose sanctions ranging from a warning or reprimand to suspension or removal from the register. The subject has the right to appeal the decision to the High Court, and one of our legal representatives can provide guidance on the appeals process.

Representation

Professional disciplinary representation before the GPhC is a complex and potentially life-changing matter that requires expert legal guidance. Healthcare professionals accused of professional misconduct should seek the advice and representation of a specialist regulatory law solicitor or barrister to ensure that their rights are protected and that they receive a fair hearing.

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How Richardson Lissack can help

Our lawyers are available to assist you and provide legal advice and representation for your General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) matter.

Contact London 020 3753 5352 or Manchester 0161 834 7284. Alternatively you can email info@richardsonlissack.co.uk

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“The professionalism throughout was exemplary, I felt I was always able to make contact and receive feedback from the start to the end of the process. Ben was a much needed calming influence throughout.”

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“I would like to say the service from Anthony was excellent. Whilst I see people, including my co-defendants getting frustrated with their legal team (ie. not being able to contact them and not getting questions answered), I have had a great service and was always satisfied from start to finish.”

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