The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has decided to increase the renewal fees of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy premises
by 7.5% from April 2024.
The pharmacy technician’s renewal fee will see an increase by £9 from £121 to £130, pharmacists fees from £257 to £276, and pharmacy premises from £365 to £392.
The following decision came even despite the renewal fees being frozen for individual registrants since 2019 and for pharmacy premises since 2021.
This move was facilitated through cost savings measures like using financial reserves and downsizing to a smaller office.
However, the council confirmed that the fee hike is due to higher rates of inflation, increase in utility bills and supplier costs.
Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive and Registrar of the GPhC, said: “We know that these are challenging times and that this increase will come as unwelcome
news to those we regulate. But to be effective in our role of protecting the public we need to make sure the fees we charge cover the cost of regulation