Responsible Pharmacist (RP)

Introduction 1

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has developed this one-stop toolkit as a source of comprehensive information to support pharmacists who will be working as a Responsible Pharmacist.

It can also be used by superintendents, pharmacy owners, pharmacy teams working with Responsible Pharmacists or those who are interested in finding out more about the role.

The Responsible Pharmacist is appointed by the pharmacy owner to be in charge in relation to the sale and supply of all medicines from the registered premises and a pharmacy cannot operate without one. The RP is responsible for the safe and effective running of the pharmacy. There can only be one at any one time, and a Responsible Pharmacist cannot be responsible for more than one premises at any one time.







This toolkit includes information on:

  • The law
  • What being the Responsible Pharmacist involves
    • Securing the safe and effective running of the pharmacy
    • Displaying the notice
    • Completing the Pharmacy Record
    • Implementing Pharmacy Procedures 
  • Absence
  • Which activities require a Responsible Pharmacist?
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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