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RPS Position statement on the role of registered technicians to supervise the sale and supply of medicines

Access to a pharmacist and their ability to provide clinical assurance for safety in community pharmacies is absolutely essential. We do not want to see pharmacies run without pharmacists. We would expect a single pharmacist to have responsibility for a single pharmacy as they do now.

RPS members have contacted the Society recently wanting to understand our view on the role of registered technicians to supervise the sale and supply of medicines.

We understand that the Society must be able to clearly convey its views on this issue, not least to prove to RPS members that we have their interests at heart.

The RPS has made it very clear that access to a pharmacist and their ability to provide clinical assurance for safety in community pharmacies is absolutely essential. We do not want to see pharmacies run without pharmacists. We would expect a single pharmacist to have responsibility for a single pharmacy as they do now.  We want to see greater investment and job security for pharmacists in community pharmacy, enabling them to build their services for patients and the public.  We will continue to support pharmacy teams and enable them to optimise access to pharmacy services for patients.

The policy position set out below is current RPS policy and RPS members can be assured that we have conveyed this view to the Department of Health through our membership of the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board

The RPS Welsh, Scottish and English board chairs and the RPS President are united in their views on this important issue.

RPS Policy position on the role of registered technicians to supervise the sale and supply of medicines.


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