How we are run
The overall strategic direction of the Society is provided by the Assembly, comprising 11 members of the National Pharmacy Boards, a Lay Member, an Academic Member and a Pharmaceutical Scientist. The Assembly is the governing body of the RPS. Its overarching purpose is to ensure that the Society is led and governed effectively in pursuit of its ‘Objects’ as stated in the Society's Charter.
The three National Boards in England, Scotland and Wales form the backbone of the
Society. This reflects how devolution has changed healthcare in the three
countries, meaning we are much better placed to influence national governments and we are much closer to our members.
The National Boards lead the agenda at a national level, focusing on the issues that
really matter to our members. They have responsibility for interpreting and
developing policy as well as overseeing the delivery of member services
We also have a number of expert panels and groups formed of members with specific areas of expertise relating to pharmacy, pharmaceutical science and the pharmacy profession. The expert panels and groups serve as consultative panels and groups to the Boards, acting as a source of expertise and advice and providing evidenced-based thought leadership to inform RPS policy decisions.