The professional standards have been in use since 2012, they were previously updated in 2014. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society have updated these standards in 2017 using the RPS process for the development of standards and guidance.


The development and updating of the professional standards has been led by the pharmacy profession with multidisciplinary and lay input.

The professional standards describe quality pharmacy services (or ‘what good looks like’). The standards provide a broad framework that will support pharmacists and their teams to continually improve services, shape future services and roles, and deliver high quality patient care across all settings and sectors.