Pharmacy is exempt, I here you say, well in the past we were, but as we start to develop new services this is often not the case. If a pharmacy starts to provide services such as “Treatment of disease and disorder or injury “as defined in schedule 1 of the Health and Social Care Act -they need to register with the CQC regulator.  But surely pharmacy has always carried out a “Response to symptoms service “well yes, we have and this service is exempt, however employing directly a doctor or other healthcare professional to provide the service in your community pharmacy will if you do not register with CQC, potentially result in an unannounced CQC inspection. If pharmacies provide these services they must work to the highest standards and keep robust record which pharmacies traditionally do not do. We counter prescribe and advise on self-medication day to day but we do not keep robust records.