How we are run

The overall strategic direction of the Society is provided by the Assembly, comprising 11 members of the National Pharmacy Boards, a Lay Member, an Academic Member and a Pharmaceutical Scientist. The Assembly is the governing body of the RPS. Its overarching purpose is to ensure that the Society is led and governed effectively in pursuit of its ‘Objects’ as stated in the Society's Charter. 

The three National Boards in England, Scotland and Wales form the backbone of the Society. This reflects how devolution has changed healthcare in the three countries, meaning we are much better placed to influence national governments and we are much closer to our members. 

The National Boards lead the agenda at a national level, focusing on the issues that really matter to our members. They have responsibility for interpreting and developing policy as well as overseeing the delivery of member services locally.

We also have a number of expert panels and groups formed of members with specific areas of expertise relating to pharmacy, pharmaceutical science and the pharmacy profession. The expert panels and groups serve as consultative panels and groups to the Boards, acting as a source of expertise and advice and providing evidenced-based thought leadership to inform RPS policy decisions.

Gazette Notice - Changes to Governance Documents

At the meeting held on 22nd March 2018 RPS Assembly agreed that the following amendments to the Society's Regulations will take effect from 8th June. Any member who wishes to comment to the Assembly on the proposed changes is asked to do so by 31st May 2018. Comments should be sent to [email protected] 

i) Regulations
A new Regulations document, available below, will replace the existing version. Schedules to the Regulations as a stand-alone document will be discontinued, with main relevant governance information incorporated into the new Regulations document. Any changes in fees and subsriptions must still be gazetted in draft for 60 days on the RPS website and in the Pharmaceutical Journal prior to adpotion in order for representations from the Membership to be solicited. 

ii) Code of Conduct
To be included as an appendix to the Regulations. (Conduct Scheme for Members and Conduct Scheme for Members of Governance Bodies updated).

iii) Governance Handbook
The Governance Handbook will be discontinued, with all relevant governance information being formally incorporated into the new Regulations document.

Draft New RPS Regulations 2018



Current Governing Documents


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