Frequently asked questions

1. If I join the Society part way through the year do I still pay the full fee?
2. I don’t live in GB, can I join the Society?

3. Can I get a receipt for my membership fee payment?

4. Do I have a new Society membership number?

5. Can I still use the letters MRPharmS, FRPharmS, SRPharmS or ARPharmS after my name?

6. When do I need to renew my Society membership?

7. I’ve recently changed address, who do I need to tell?

8. Does membership allow me to practice as a pharmacist in Great Britain?

9. I would like to resign from the register

10. Can I apply for QP eligibility assessment via the Society?

11. How much does an overseas retired member pay?
12. Is the membership fee tax deductable?



1. If I join the Society part way through the year do I still pay the full fee?

No. If you join as a new member after 18 March you’ll pay a pro-rata fee based on the number of months left in the membership year.

2. I don’t live in GB, can I join the Society?

Yes. Anyone whose correspondence address is outside of Great Britain, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands is eligible to pay the overseas fee.

3. Can I get a receipt for my membership fee payment?

To download a receipt for your renewal fee simply log in and then select My Profile. There is a tab in your profile titled “My Membership”, and it is here that your renewal information will be stored along with your receipt. Please note that the receipt is only available once the total fee has been paid, the payment has cleared and has been updated on our system, so if you paid by direct debit this can take a couple of extra days after the funds have left your account for the bank to update us.

4. Do I have a new Society membership number?

No, your Society membership number has not changed and is still valid for use with the Society. The GPhC have issued new registration numbers, which is only for use when dealing with the GPhC, not the Society.

5. Can I still use the letters MRPharmS, FRPharmS, SRPharmS or ARPharmS after my name?

For as long as you remain a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society you are able to display the relevant membership post nominal letters after your name e.g. MRPharmS (Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society). This is in line with other professional bodies and royal colleges.

These letters are prominent and visible characteristics of your commitment to your profession. It isn’t just about the pride that comes with having these letters after your name; it is also a mark of professionalism which gives reassurance and confidence to the public and other healthcare professionals. 

However, these letters are not to be mistaken for a qualification or a licence to practice. The GPhC is the supplier of the restricted title “pharmacist” and therefore the right to practice as a pharmacist. Modern regulators do not supply official post nominals in the way that professional bodies do.

6. When do I need to renew my Society membership?

The membership year for the Society runs from 1 March each year. Members are sent a renewal notice in January each year.

7. I’ve recently changed address, who do I need to tell?

You no longer need to inform the Society in writing if your details change – simply log in to the website and change them in the My Profile section where you can also:

  • • Tell us how you’d like us to address you when we write to you e.g. Dear John or Dear Mr Smith
  • • Tell us if you’ve changed your name or prefer to be known by another name e.g. your middle name
  • • Add or update your contact details including your email address and telephone number(s)
  • • Choose the communications you’d like to receive from us
  • • Tell us your sector of practice and your specialisms

Alternatively you can contact the membership team directly on 0845 257 2570 or email membership@rpharms.com and we’ll update your details for you.

If you are registered with the GPhC you will need to inform them separately of any change of details.

8. Does membership allow me to practice as a pharmacist in Great Britain?

No. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is the dedicated professional body for pharmacists and pharmacy in Great Britain. We do not regulate pharmacists. This is now undertaken by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

The Society is proud to be the professional body for pharmacists and pharmacy. We are the only body in Great Britain which represents all sectors of the profession. We’re here to promote and represent the professional interests of our members. We provide our members with the support and development they need to fulfil their professional potential, offering access to a range of services.

We work tirelessly to raise the profile of the profession, so that the role of pharmacy is understood and recognised by governments, other health professionals, patients and the public

9. I would like to resign from the register

The register of pharmacists is now administered by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). You can contact the GPhC by calling 020 3365 3400 or emailing info@pharmacyregulation.org.

10. Can I apply for QP eligibility assessment via the Society?

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal Society of Chemistry and Society of Biology operate an assessment procedure for their members for eligibility to act as a QP. Applying for QP eligibility assessment is a separate process to applying for RPS membership.

RPS Members, Fellows, Associate and Pharmaceutical Scientist members are able to apply for QP eligibility assessment via the RPS.

For further details on QP eligibility assessment, please see our Current position page


11.
How much does an overseas retired member pay?

Anyone based overseas* who wants to join the RPS needs to pay £100 (or £95 if they have a UK bank account and want to pay by annual DD). This is the only rate available to people based overseas even if they are retired, on maternity leave or not working.

The discounted rate of £100 recognises that people based overseas are unable to get involved in as many events and meetings as those based in GB. However, there is a higher cost associated with sending the PJ and membership correspondence to overseas members, which is why the fee cannot be discounted further.

*Overseas is outside of Great Britain, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands.

12. Is the membership fee tax deductable?

The Society has been in discussion with HMRC to ensure the membership fee for the professional body is tax advantageous to all members where relevant.

If you are a 20% tax payer then the saving is approx £3 per month, which is a total annual saving of approx £38 against the member fee of £192. If you are a 40% tax payer then the saving is approx £6 per month, which is a total saving of approx £77 against the member fee of £192.

To claim relief on your membership fees you will need to contact your tax office and apply, stating that you wish to claim the allowance against your professional fees paid to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (a HMRC list 3 organisation).

Please note: 
Tax relief can only be claimed if the member is working and their membership is relevant to the job they are working in. 

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