We inspect all pharmacies in Great Britain.
When our inspectors inspect pharmacies, they are looking for evidence that each of the standards for registered pharmacies [PDF 986 KB] are met. In this way, we provide assurance to patients and the public that they will receive safe and effective care.
Our approach to pharmacy inspections is also intended to help pharmacies improve the way they are run and the services they provide, the quality of care and the outcomes for patients and the public using their services.
Watch our ‘All about inspection’ video for an introduction to what happens during an inspection.
Publication of inspection reports
We are publishing inspection reports from pharmacy inspections that take place from April 2019 onwards.
You can learn more about the process for publishing inspection reports on the main GPhC website.
Helping pharmacies to improve
Pharmacies which have not met one or more of the standards will also be asked to complete an improvement action plan setting out what action they are planning to take to improve against those standards. We will monitor progress to check the improvements are made and inspect again after six months to make sure the pharmacy is maintaining these improvements.
Findings at principle level
The standards for registered pharmacies are made up of five principles. The pharmacy will also receive one of four possible findings for each of these principles. These are:
|The pharmacy delivers an innovative service, benefits the whole community and performs well against the standards|
|The pharmacy delivers positive outcomes for patients and performs well against most of the standards|
|The pharmacy meets all the standards|
| ||The pharmacy has not met one or more standards|
See our latest inspection reports
We regularly compile a list of all inspection reports as they are published.
Search across pharmacy reports
You can also search through our full database of reports to find reports that meet the criteria you choose.
Learning from inspections
Read our new report about what we have learnt from inspecting pharmacies over the last five years, including key themes, patterns and trends which impact on performance.
Themed inspections will involve visiting a selection of pharmacies to focus on specfic themes or issues in more depth.