GPhC—Sanctions
Produced in partnership with Matthew Corrie of Blake Morgan LLP
GPhC—Sanctions

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Matthew Corrie of Blake Morgan LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • GPhC—Sanctions
  • GPhC Fitness to Practise Committee—Indicative Sanctions Guidance
  • Agreement of undertakings
  • Types of sanctions available for registrants
  • Purpose of sanctions
  • General principles of fairness, proportionality and reasonableness
  • Aggravating and mitigating factors regarding sanctions
  • Duty to give reasons
  • Dishonesty
  • Sexual misconduct

GPhC Fitness to Practise Committee—Indicative Sanctions Guidance

The Fitness to Practice Committee (FtPC) is required under r 5(d) of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) (Statutory Committees and their Advisers) Order 2010, SI 2010/1616, to provide advice to the Council about the content of any guidance to be issued by the Council about sanctions that particular classes of cases coming before the FtPC should attract.

Agreement of undertakings

Where the registrant admits that his fitness to practise is impaired, the FtPC may, if it thinks fit, dispose of the fitness to practise proceedings by agreeing undertakings with him. For information on the powers of the FtPC, see Practice Notes: GPhC—Fitness to Practise Committee and GPhC—Decisions of the Fitness to Practise Committee.

Where the FtPC agrees undertakings with a registrant, the Registrar will record them in the Register. 'Undertakings' are promises by the registrant to the FtPC in respect of things they will or will not do in the future, which may include restrictions on the registrant's practice or behaviour, that do not amount to a total suspension from practise, or the commitment to undergo supervision or retraining. Undertakings will only be appropriate where the FtPC is satisfied that the registrant will comply with them, eg because he has shown genuine insight into his problems or deficiencies and the potential for