RPS Statement regarding EU referendum result

29 Jun 2016

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) is proud to provide leadership, development and support to a diverse community of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists and this will not change. The RPS benefits enormously from a talented and diverse group of employees and elected members. We have a growing international membership, our publishing business, Pharmaceutical Press, has a global reputation and reach. 

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society remains a national organisation with a global outlook. We will continue to work with partners both within and outside of the European Union to make sure we remain a leading nation for innovation in pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical science. 

We will continue to work with the Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and UK Parliament to ensure the views of the pharmacy profession are heard as well as providing our expert advice and guidance on any issues relating to medicines and pharmacy.

We will continue to support pharmacists practising in Great Britain through any changes in medicines legislation, regulation or practice through both our professional standards and guidance.

We will continue to work constructively and collaboratively with international partners on areas such as medicines safety, antibiotic resistance, medicines information as well as improving the capacity and capability of the pharmacy workforce to help address these global challenges of our time. 

The RPS is showing through action how we support the pharmacy profession inside and outside of Great Britain. For example, we have recently developed strong links with Iceland where the RPS Faculty and Foundation programmes have been taken up by our colleague pharmacists. Every year, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, (FIP), organises the World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, where thousands of pharmacists meet, learn, share and exchange views. We will be hosting the 78th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Glasgow in 2018.

We will do all we can to ensure that pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists from all countries continue to feel welcome in our Society, as well as the country’s pharmacies, universities, hospitals, pharmaceutical industry and other settings where the diverse pharmacy workforce is playing a vital role in improving healthcare for patients and the public.