Pharmacists in industry

Would you like to be part of a team responsible for creating and marketing medicines to help millions of people all over the world?


Pharmacists research, design, develop and test new medicines and treatments, ensuring their safety and quality. 

As a pharmacist in industry you'll work in companies that manufacture medicines, however, they'll also be involved in different stages of this process, from initial design to public launch and sales. You'll use the latest technologies, processes and methods to develop new medicines for patients. 

Industrial pharmacy can be an extremely rewarding career path, often leading to managerial positions or other positions within the company not traditionally associated with pharmacy.

You might also decide to become a Qualified Person. Qualified Persons (or QPs) are responsible for releasing products for supply to the market, confirming that these have been made and tested to the required quality standards in line with the registered methods and processes. 

This can involve travel overseas to other company sites, or to the sites of suppliers.

Find out more

Our PJ article explains the role of a Qualified Person.

Thinking of a career in industry?


Qualified pharmacists often join pharmaceutical companies and research groups, but industry also recruits scientists who, while they may have a pharmaceutical background, are not pharmacists.

Our dedicated page on How to get started in the Pharmaceutical Industry has helpful blog posts, podcasts and other advice for anyone considering a career in Industrial Pharmacy.

Although many pharmacists start off their careers in industry in a laboratory based role, the areas that pharmacists work in is wide-ranging. Examples of these different areas include: 

  • Formulation
  • Manufacturing
  • Clinical Trials
  • Regulation
  • Quality Assurance
  • Market Access
  • Wholesaling
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Medical Affairs
  • Pharmacovigilance.

Whether you're a newly-qualified pharmacist or an experienced pharmacist looking to change sectors, we have plenty of advice and guidance to help you decide if Industrial Pharmacy is for you, as well as plenty of great advice to get you started.

Join us on Monday 18 November for a day focussed on providing you with the information on these roles and valuable insights and advice to help you get started in this competitive market. Find out more here

About to start in Industrial Pharmacy?

Make sure you're ready for anything with our expert guide, Pharmaceutical Industry: Preparing for day one

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I'm an Industrial Pharmacist or Researcher...

Then you're in good company here at RPS! We've got plenty of guides and resources to answer your everyday questions, as well as advice to help develop your career in the longer term.

Groups and Boards

Get involved and have your say in the future of Industrial Pharmacy.

The Industrial Pharmacy Forum

The Industrial Pharmacy Forum (IPF) is a forum for those who want to discuss and review any non-confidential topics relating to industrial pharmacy. If you have questions or would like to discuss a subject related to industrial pharmacy then this is the place.

The IPF offers pharmacists with an interest in industry a place to share and communicate ideas with one another.

RPS Science and Research Board

Our RPS Science and Research Board is composed of leading figures in science and research from academic, industrial, regulatory, hospital and community practice.

The European Industrial Pharmacists' Group

Did you know, your RPS membership also gives you automatic access to the resources of the European Industrial Pharmacists Group (EIPG)?

The EIPG represents the national, professional organisations of pharmacists employed in the pharmaceutical or allied industries in Europe, and they also publish the EIPG Journal.

read the latest eipg newsletters on our industrial pharmacy forum page

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