Pharmacist training & regulation

Pharmacists are educated to degree level (MPharm) having undertaken a four-year course of university study.

In addition to completing their degree, they will have completed one year’s further postgraduate education under the supervision of a qualified pharmacist with an examination overseen by the professional regulatory body, the General Pharmaceutical Council, before becoming registered as a pharmacist.

As an expert in medicines and their use, a pharmacist will have studied Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy, Physiology, Law & Ethics and many other associated academic studies. Pharmacy is a science based subject, or more correctly collection of subjects, that brings together all aspects of the production and use of medicines and their impact on the human body.

In a world where the science behind pharmaceuticals is becoming increasingly complex, and where health and wellness depends on a sound understanding of medical principles, it is important for pharmacists to keep up to date and it is a professional obligation for all pharmacists to undertake continuing professional development.

While membership of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), the professional leadership body that is akin to a Royal College, is not mandatory, many pharmacists belong. Those with distinction in the profession are Fellows. The RPS web site has more information about the training and development of pharmacists.

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https://www.rpharms.com/resources/careers-information

Other resources which may be helpful are;

https://www.pharmacyregulation.org/raising-concerns/raising-concerns-about-pharmacy-professional/what-expect-your-pharmacy/what-does-0

https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/pharmacy/pharmacist