Responsible Pharmacist (RP)


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. He or she 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.


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The RPS and PSNI commissioned research into the impact of the responsible pharmacist regulations on pharmacy practice, to help inform future decisions.

This research will be used to identify whether further change to pharmacy practice is warranted to optimise the safe and effective pharmaceutical care.

Find out more about the responsible pharmacist impact research