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Prescribing Competency Framework for all prescribers

The Prescribing Competency Framework for all prescribers was revised and published by the RPS in collaboration with all prescribing professions across the UK and sets out the competencies expected of all prescribers to support safe prescribing.

Originally published in 2012 by the National Prescribing Centre/National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to support all prescribers to prescribe effectively, the RPS started the process of updating the framework with the backing of NICE and in collaboration with all the prescribing professions UK wide in 2015.

The updated single competency framework was published on our website in July 2016, for all regulators, professional bodies, prescribing professionals and Universities running prescribing programmes for independent prescribers.


NICE has accredited the process used by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to produce professional standards, competency frameworks and guidance. Accreditation is valid for 5 years from 17 February 2017. 

More information on accreditation can be viewed at


7 May 2021

Our six-week consultation on the updated competency framework for all prescribers ran from Friday 26 March until Friday 7 May 2021.

Thank you for your feedback. This consultation is now closed, and we’re analysing all of your responses.

Watch this page for further updates.

March 2021

The Competency Framework for All Prescribers has been reviewed and refreshed, in collaboration with a multi-expert group on behalf of all the prescribing professions in the UK.

Now we need you to complete our confidential survey, to ensure the updated framework is clear, relevant, current and fit for purpose for prescribers from all professional backgrounds.

August 2020

The Prescribing Competency Framework for All Prescribers was due for review in July 2020.

This has been delayed and currently being planned. Our expectation is a light refresh with minor changes to the competencies only will be needed.

This follows on from specific advice from the Project Board and Steering Group during the development of the sister Competency Framework for Designated Prescribing Practitioners in 2019.

The RCN has confirmed endorsement of the current framework until July 2021 in the interim.


04/08/2016 – Correction to Statement 10.4 of the Prescribing Competency Framework

Statement 10.4 has been corrected in the online version of the Framework and the Competency Framework Template.

Please contact our professional support service if you would like to discuss the correction further.

Statement of funding

The update to this framework has been wholly funded by the RPS who have not received any payment from a third party for its development. Further information on "How the RPS is funded" can be viewed in Professional standards, guidance and frameworks process development manual.

Consensus statement

The project steering group used a consensus process to agree the final prescribing framework. Consensus was achieved.


The competency framework has been endorsed by professional bodies representing other prescribers. In future, we will continue to publish and maintain the updated competency framework in collaboration with the other prescribing professions.












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