Are pharma course applicants required to disclose criminal convictions? (HA v University of Wolverhampton) – LexisNexis (Nicola Greaney)

Are pharma course applicants required to disclose criminal convictions? (HA v University of Wolverhampton) – LexisNexis (Nicola Greaney)


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The case of HA v University of Wolverhampton looked at whether a university may lawfully ask an applicant to an accredited Master of Pharmacy degree course (MPharm) whether they have spent and unfiltered convictions, and whether the university can require them to undergo an enhanced criminal record check. Nicola Greaney, who was instructed by the intervenor, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), comments on the case.

HA v University of Wolverhampton [2018] EWHC 144 (Admin), [2018] All ER (D) 136 (Feb)

What are the practical implications of this case?

The case confirms that a university, that had been accredited by the GPhC to offer a course which is an essential first step on the road to qualification as a pharmacist, was entitled to ask candidates to disclose spent criminal convictions (other than those treated as protected under the legislation), and to undergo an enhanced criminal record check as part of the application process.

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