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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) 2007 review reflects on a year of change for the Society across its professional and regulatory functions and highlights the impact of the Government’s regulatory White Paper, “Trust, Assurance and Safety, The Regulation of Health Professionals in the 21st Century”, which proposed the de-merger of the Society.
Commenting on the review, the Society’s President, Hemant Patel, said: “The profession will look back at 2007 as the start of a new era for the Society and the beginning of a process that will define the future of pharmacy.
“As a profession our influence continues to grow, and the review includes many examples of the Society’s work across key areas including practice, education, research, science and communications.
“It also focuses on the work of the English, Welsh and Scottish Pharmacy Boards and the activities of RPS Publishing. Services offered to members are also highlighted including technical information, practise advice and the library and museum.”
Commenting on the accounts Andrew Gush, the Society’s Treasurer said: “It has been well reported that the Society is facing a number of financial challenges and these are reflected in both the full accounts and the financial summary for 2007.
“While there was an increase in expenditure during 2007, mainly due to the costs of the Carter Review and changes to Fitness to Practise which resulted from the Pharmacy and Pharmacy Technicians Order, overall income generated by the Society in 2007 grew by 6.5% compared to 2006.”
Other areas of investment included education, communications and the British Pharmaceutical Conference. Along with the Society’s financial statements for 2007, the Annual Review will be presented at the Society’s AGM on Wednesday 21 May.
The Annual Review and Society’s full financial statements will be available from the Society’s website from 3 May.