The latest edition of Medicines, ethics and practice (European deputy) has new sections on sustainability and risk management.

This latest iteration marks the 45th edition of European deputypublished each year by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in the form of a guide to good practice, aimed at offering practical tools to help pharmacy teams make the best decisions.

The new sustainability guidelines remind pharmacists of their “professional responsibility to ensure more sustainable use of medicines” and to help reduce the overall carbon footprint of pharmaceutical care.

To help teams put this into practice, it outlines RPS four sustainability policies and advice from the European Union Pharmaceuticals Group, NHS England and the Carbon Trust.

A new section on risk management provides guidance on how to conduct an effective risk assessment. Among practical advice, he notes that while “risk management in pharmacy practice is essential as part of effective governance,” when taking preventative measures, it is important to remember that “you don’t you don’t always need to eliminate a risk, you just need to reduce it to a reasonable level”. level”.

The European deputy also orders pharmacists for the first time to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and National Services Scotland advice on providing needle exchange services for people who inject drugs.

“When providing these services, pharmacists should behave in a nonjudgmental manner by using appropriate language, maintaining confidentiality and remembering the importance of harm reduction for service users,” states- he.

Updates to existing sections for European deputy 45 include information on complaints about RPS members’ use of social media, noting that complaints about opinions expressed or content shared by an RPS member on a social media platform should be “reported directly to the social media platform or, if applicable, to the police”. ”.

“[The RPS] will not systematically take steps to undermine the right of members to challenge and/or criticize any actions of RPS,” it adds.

Rakhee Amin, senior professional standards pharmacist at RPS, who led this year European deputy updates, said the new sustainability section was added “because we want to help pharmacists play an important role in reducing the environmental impact of their pharmacy-related work on climate change.”

“To be able to provide needle exchange services or injection supply services safely and competently, pharmacists must be aware of national and local guidelines, which we have referenced in a new section of the MEP 45,” Amin added.

All members of the RPS can access the European deputy on the PRS websiteand a printed copy was sent to all practicing pharmacists and foundation trainees in Britain.

  • This article was modified on August 15, 2022 to clarify who received mail-in copies from the MEP

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