The Pharmaceutical industry is represented in the UK by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is the professional membership body for pharmacists and pharmacy in Great Britain.

They advance the profession of pharmacy for public and patient benefit to secure the future of the profession and their members.

They lead and promote the advancement of science, practice and education in pharmacy to shape and influence the future delivery of pharmacy driven services. They support and empower their members to improve health outcomes for society through professional guidance, networks and resources.

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society do this by providing:

Support and development

They produce professional guidance and support tools to develop and supplement their members’ skills and knowledge. They work in collaboration with other royal colleges to develop guidance that supports effective patient care.

Professional recognition

They provide their members with professional recognition through the RPS Faculty, enabling them to gain recognition for their level of practice by employers, commissioners, patients and the public. Their expert members regularly appear in the media to ensure the public has the best information when medicines are in the news.


Local Practice Forums and online groups support groups of professional contacts allow colleagues to share experiences.


They ensure the voice of the whole profession is heard at the highest levels of healthcare and government through their responses to consultations, influencing policy development and through their expert advisory panels.


They provide healthcare professionals, students and scientists with the most trusted and usable data, information and therapeutic guidance on drugs and medicines.

They are:

  • Focused on delivering for members, patients and the public
  • Committed to listening and learning
  • Collaborative in our approach to success
  • Dedicated to excellence in everything they do


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society offers different types of membership tailored to the career stage. Find out below which membership category is most suitable for you.

Practising pharmacists

Recently qualified pharmacists

Pre-registration trainees


Pharmaceutical scientists


Overseas pharmacists

Former/Retired pharmacists

If you would like further information on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, you can contact them by clicking here