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Standards

We set standards for pharmacy professionals and registered pharmacies in Great Britain. These standards help to make sure people using pharmacy services receive safe and effective care.

We set standards in four areas:

Standards for pharmacy professionals

Standards for registered pharmacies

Standards for the initial education and training for pharmacists

Standards for the initial education and training for pharmacy technicians

The Pharmacy Order 2010 requires us to set standards in these four areas. We make sure our standards are relevant and up to date.

Our standards are outcome-focused and therefore do not set out in detail what pharmacy owners and pharmacy professionals need to do to make sure that patients and service users receive safe and effective care.

From time to time we publish guidance to help pharmacy teams better understand our standards.Follow this link to read our guidance.