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 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. Look information on NICE accreditation can be viewed at .

The relationship between professional and regulatory standards

Regulatory and professional standards and guidance have the same overarching purpose; to provide a framework which helps ensure good care, focussed on patients.

Regulatory standards are produced by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). They are core regulatory standards of conduct, ethics, performance, and registered pharmacies, which enable professionals to make decisions about how best to meet the standards in their particular situation. 

Whereas, professional standards, provided by the RPS, are a broad framework to support pharmacists and their teams to develop their professional practice, improve services, shape future services and deliver high quality patient care across all settings and sectors. 

The GPhC and RPS believe that pharmacists and their teams should be aware of and use all relevant standards and guidance, both regulatory and professional, to deliver patient-centred care and good quality outcomes. Read more in our joint statement.