Society calls for members to comment on guidance documentation

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) is asking its members for their views on a series of five professional standards and guidance documents that will be used to support the forthcoming revised Code of Ethics for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.

The RPSGB is currently undertaking a fundamental review of the Code of Ethics. It is intended that the revised Code of Ethics will be based on seven principles of ethical practice that will inform the conduct, performance and practice of all registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Unlike previous versions of the Code, the revised Code of Ethics will not contain detailed standards or guidance and where more detailed guidance is required for a specific area of practice or professional activity, this will be provided in separate professional standards and guidance documents.

Lynsey Balmer, the RPSGB’s Head of Professional Ethics, says: “In moving to a principle-based Code of Ethics the Society recognises that there are certain areas of practice or professional responsibilities that will still require more detailed standards or guidance than is provided in the actual Code itself. This consultation gives the profession and the public the opportunity to have early input into these standards and guidance documents, and therefore a real input into the shaping of the performance measures that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will work towards in the future.”

The consultation documents can be found on the RPSGB website.

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