As you may have seen in the press, the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has recently begun a consultation regarding a proposed new validation framework. We were delighted to work with the GPhC to provide an independent evaluation of the pilot of this new framework. Applying our experience of mixed-methods evaluations, we worked with the GPhC to develop an evaluation logic model, and with this as a framework, carried out phone interviews, an online survey, analysed entries made into the pilot system, carried out desk-based research and held a focus group with patient and public representatives. Engagement from pharmacy professionals and members of the focus group was excellent, and we were helped by having our own pharmacist on the project team. We all enjoyed working on this project, and are pleased that it gave the GPhC a sound basis from which to take their next steps.