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Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technicians ‘Fitness to Practice’ position statement

Published: 17th March 2018

Pharmacy Technicians, as part of the Pharmacy team, have a vital role to play in preventing medication errors, through intervention and safe practice. As a final accuracy check is the last step in the process prior to the medicine being given to the patient, APTUK advocates that responsibility and accountability determines that this check should only be undertaken by suitably qualified and competent registrants of the Pharmacy regulator.

Ongoing fitness to practice of the Accuracy Checking Pharmacy Technician (ACPT) is assured through the professional registrant’s responsibility to maintain their competence through the GPhCs revalidation framework. As registrant’s of the GPhC, Pharmacy Technician professionals, are personally responsible for their own actions and APTUK emphasises awareness and use of the ‘Professional Standards for the reporting, learning, sharing, taking action and review of incidents’ developed by APTUK, RPS and the PFNI.

As registered pharmacy professionals who have successfully completed training and assessment in accuracy checking, there is no legal or regulatory requirement to reaccredit once qualified.

It is therefore, APTUK’s position that it is no longer a requirement for qualified accuracy checking pharmacy technicians (ACPT) to submit reaccreditation evidence every two years to their education provider.  

For the full APTUK position statement click here