In terms of the requirements of the Pharmacy Act, the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) is responsible to establish, develop, maintain and control universally acceptable standards of practice of the various categories of persons required to be registered and to uphold and safeguard the rights of the general public to universally acceptable standards of pharmacy practice in both the private and public sector.
Council implements the above objectives by developing good pharmacy practice standards, code of conduct for various categories of persons and the services which may be provided in the various categories of pharmacies, and the conditions under which these services may be provided.

Council monitor the standards of practice by conducting inspections, approving pharmacy premises for purpose of training interns and pharmacist's assistants, and recommending issuing of pharmacy license by the Director General.