Professional standards

As the professional body for pharmacists we provide professional standards which are supportive, enabling and professionally challenging.  Professional standards build on the minimum levels of practice set by regulators and provide a broad framework which supports pharmacists and their teams to improve services, shape future services and pharmacy roles to deliver quality patient care.

In 2011 we began a programme of work that will ultimately create a library of overarching professional standards which will help to share best practice for all areas of pharmacy.

The GPhC and RPS published a joint statement aimed at highlighting the importance of regulatory and professional standards and guidance as a way to protect patient safety and to promote responsibility and professionalism.

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Homecare standards

Homecare services

Standards produced by the RPS, with input from the Department of Health Homecare Strategy Board, to help patients experience a consistent quality of homecare services, irrespective of homecare provider, and protect them from incidents of avoidable harm while helping them to get the best outcomes from their medicines.

View our homecare services professional standards »


Alcohol disorders

Hospital pharmacy services
Optimising patient outcomes from medicines

Professional standards for pharmacy services in acute, mental health, private and community service providers; covering admission through to discharge, across multiple care pathways, and in a range of settings, (e.g. acute hospitals, in the community, homecare provision), patients access hospital pharmacy services.

View our professional standards for hospital pharmacy services »


Supply of OTC medicines

Interim Statement of Professional Standard - Supply of Over the Counter (OTC) medicines

This interim statement of professional standard has been created in response to requests for professional guidance to support the supply of OTC medicines. 

View our interim statement »


Public health

Public health
Public health practice for pharmacy

Standards that are intended to provide a framework to help pharmacy teams, commissioners and providers design, implement, deliver and monitor high quality public health through pharmacy.  These standards will highlight the valuable role pharmacy teams can play in public health and help to ensure people experience a consistently high quality of public health services and interventions across pharmacy settings.

View further information on our professional standards for public health »


Obesity and weight management

Transfer of care
Keeping patients safe when they transfer between care providers – getting the medicines right

This good practice guidance outlines core principles and responsibilities that give an overarching framework that challenges all healthcare professionals, and their organisations, to act on this as a priority in order to better serve their patients whenever they transfer care providers at any point in the care pathway.

View our information about transfer of care »