Professional Standards

The RPS provides professional standards which are developed and owned by the profession that describe good practice, systems of care or working.

Professional standards are supportive and enabling whilst also professionally challenging; describing and building on good practice to support pharmacists to achieve excellence in professional practice.

NICE_Accreditation_maxNICE has accredited the process we use to produce professional standards, competency frameworks and guidance.

The accreditation is valid for 5 years from 17 February 2017. More information on NICE accreditation can be viewed at

The relationship between professional and regulatory standards

The regulatory standards produced by the GPhC for pharmacy professionals and pharmacies are statements of what people have the right to expect when they use pharmacy services. They also reflect what pharmacy professionals expect of themselves when delivering high standards of care. All standards set by the GPhC work to improve the quality and safety of services provided to patients and the public. Regulatory standards must be met by all pharmacy professionals and owners of registered pharmacies, otherwise their registration may be at risk.

The professional standards produced by the RPS provide a framework to support pharmacists and their teams, working in a variety of settings and roles, to develop their professional practice, improve services, shape future services, and deliver high quality patient care. While professional standards are not mandatory they are developed and owned by the profession, and set out what constitutes ‘good’ in terms of practice, systems of care, and working practices.  Pharmacy professionals that are following professional standards set by the RPS can have confidence that they are meeting the regulatory standards set by the GPhC. Read more in our joint statement.