The GPhC considered all the evidence for revalidation in a "task and finish group;" and having reviewed it all, the group found that the arguments for the introduction of revalidation were compelling. It agreed that the definition of revalidation should be “The process by which assurance of continuing ﬁtness to practise of registrants is provided and in a way which is aimed primarily at supporting and enhancing professional practice.” It also agreed that revalidation should be based on a set of principles which are outlined below...
Draft principles: The continuing assurance of ﬁtness to practise of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
- The focus should be assurance of continuing ﬁtness to practise and not a ﬁxed point assessment
- The model should be consistent with the generic principles agreed by the Non Medical Revalidation Working Group
- The model will need to consider more than one source of information
- Some form of assessment will be required and will need to be made against a standard
- That standard should be based on the standards of conduct, ethics and performance which apply to all registrants
- The model must take full account of the structure of the pharmacy workforce
- Any model would need to be appropriately costed and subject to testing, including piloting .