The RPS Governance Handbook includes details on the RPS QP Eligibility Panel of Assessors.
The RPS’ panel requirements, including number of assessors, recruitment to the panel and selection of a Chairperson and Vice-chairperson, are in line with QP eligibility assessment processes. Appointments to the panel are notified to the RPS Appointments Committee.
The Human Medicines Regulations and the Veterinary Medicines Regulations make provisions for the activities of each body, including the RPS, in relation to QPs in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Articles 49 and 50 of Directive 2001/83/EC and Articles 53 and 54 of Directive 2001/82/EC define the stringent requirements for QP eligibility.
If an RPS member appeals the assessors’ decision their appeal will be reviewed following the Society’s QP eligibility appeals procedure (further details are available from the RPS QP officer, Professional Support Service).
Admission to the RPS register of eligible QPs is determined by the QP eligibility assessment scheme. The three professional bodies report on admissions to each professional body's register, to the UK Licensing Authorities.
Transition statement (Updated June 2013)
There have been online discussions about Qualified Persons (QPs) via the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Groups and we wish to address some of the points:
- the assessment scheme for QP eligibility is jointly administered by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (the newly formed professional leadership body), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Society of Biology (SB) on behalf of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate
- the General Pharmaceutical Council has no involvement (formal or informal) with the assessment process
- in common with the Royal Society of Chemistry and Society of Biology, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society maintains a list of its members who have met the QP eligibility criteria; the listing includes the names of current members who have obtained their eligibility status via the transitional arrangements or permanent provisions
- individuals wishing to apply for assessment of QP eligibility should apply to their respective professional body
- to apply via the RPS for assessment of QP eligibility you must be a Member or Fellow or Associate or Pharmaceutical Scientist member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
- The Study Guide describes the required practical experience for QP eligibility applications. In the UK, a minimum of one year of required practical experience for pharmacists has been approved. Any individual who is not registered as a pharmacist (or has not been previously registered as a pharmacist) in the UK, who wishes to apply via the RPS for assessment of QP eligibility, should contact the RPS QP officer for advice before applying
- the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is encouraging Qualified Persons to retain their registration with the General Pharmaceutical Council but it is not a mandatory requirement for QPs
- the QP Code of Practice requires individuals to keep their knowledge and experience up to date and maintain records of continuing professional development to confirm suitability to act as a QP
- suitability to act as a QP is determined by the MHRA/VMD. If a pharmacist who is currently on the eligibility list decides not to register with the GPhC or be a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society he/she could potentially be named as a QP on a licence.