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The Pharmaceutical Journal
Vol 268 No 7186 p243-245
23 February 2002

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The Society (2 letters)

Merge the professional role with other bodies?

From Mr S. M. Hayes, MRPharmS

I was pleased to have the opportunity to fill in the questionnaire on the remit and functions of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society online. An option that does not appear to have been considered is a variant on option 4. That is, the Society retains the regulatory role and merges the professional role with other bodies to provide a much stronger and attractive professional body.

For your information, the survey was difficult to find online. The PJ only directed me to; it would have been useful to have been given the full address of the survey page.

Steve Hayes


We have taken steps to make the survey page easier to find. There is now a link to it from the surveys section on the home page at—EDITOR.

Regulatory agenda won't affect service

From Mr L. Evans, MRPharmS

The regulatory agenda we are about to engage in is part of the ambition of the present Government to regulate everything and everybody, and will make no improvement to the service that pharmacists provide. It is, however, our duty to continue to uphold the standards of our Charters, and ensure that our fellow members do likewise.

Since the Pharmaceutical Society received its 1843 Charter, pharmacists have contributed to society a considerable service in a largely honourable and honest way. That service derives from the ambitions and vision of the Society's founding fathers.

The President (PJ, 2 February, p153) used the expression "Archaic language" when he wrote about the 1953 Charter. The word "archaic" means "belonging to or characteristic of a much earlier period, out of date, antiquated" (Collins English Dictionary). There is nothing antiquated or out of date about the ambitions and vision of our founding fathers who achieved the Charter of 1843 or of those who achieved the Charter of 1953.

Laurie Evans


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