Research Ready (ResR) is research accreditation which enables community pharmacies involved in or considering becoming involved in research or research support activities to demonstrate their commitment to research excellence. 

Research isn’t just for hospital and university settings.  As a community pharmacist you can both lead your own research activities or engage in research support activities such as audit and service evaluation, supplying treatments, identifying suitable patients and even medicines optimisation activity. 

How does Research Ready work?

Research Ready asks pharmacies to commit that resources, staffing and consent arrangements are in place and covers five core areas which are aligned with latest research governance frameworks. 

Once you are an accredited Research Ready community pharmacy, we’ll let your local research networks know about your interest in research support activities. We hold a database of all accredited pharmacies which we use to advise research councils, medical research charities and universities about pharmacies interested in taking part in research.

Research Ready can also be used as the first step on your research journey as part of your professional development and recognition portfolio.

We provide guidance and resources to help you think about what your pharmacy needs to become Research Ready and to support you in achieving best practice.

Research Ready accreditation is free for RPS members although you don’t have to be a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to be involved in the Research Ready initiative, and you’re under no obligation to accept any invitations you receive.

Research Ready accreditation is issued for a period of three years after which the Research Lead is required to re-accredit the pharmacy.

What are the benefits?

There are a number of benefits to being Research Ready and taking part in research.  For a full list of benefits, and to read some examples from those who have already been involved, click here.

The six steps to research ready accreditation

Step 1: Read through the Research Ready handbook and assessment checklist

Step 2: Determine who will be the Research Lead in the pharmacy

Step 3: Decide whether you want to take part in health research or health research and clinical trials

Step 4: Discuss Research Ready accreditation/re-accreditation with your pharmacy team and your superintendent/owner. Ensure they complete the declaration form

Step 5: Undergo Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training

Step 6: Complete the application form for accreditation, and submit (along with your GCP certificate) to [email protected] 

Re-accreditation information:

Looking to re-accredit? Please complete the application for re-accreditation and submit your up-to-date GCP training certificate (dated within the last two years), and send to [email protected].

Re-accreditation is required on expiry of your initial accreditation. Please note that re-accreditation will last for a period of 3 years, where you will be asked to re-accredit again. You will receive an updated certificate and updated accreditation date.