The Pharmacy Practices Committee (PPC)
After this consultation, the application is considered by the PPC which decides if an application is successful or not. The PPC is made up of seven members:
The PPC normally hold an oral hearing to consider the application. The applicant attends this hearing along with anyone consulted during the second consultation exercise and who wrote to the HB about the application.
The PPC applies the statutory test to decide whether granting the application would be “necessary or desirable in order to secure adequate provision of pharmaceutical services in the neighbourhood in which the premises are located by persons whose names are included in the pharmaceutical list”.
In order to apply this test the PPC will give consideration to a range of factors including (but not restricted to):
Consideration of the factors outlined above will allow the PPC to determine:
There are no set criteria to define each factor. It is the role of the PPC as an expert panel to base its decision on the information available to it as well as presented during the hearing.
Once a decision is reached it is notified in accordance with the regulations and the minute of the hearing published on the HB’s public website, which is available on this web page via the links on the left of this page organised by year.
Whilst the decision of the PPC can be appealed the persons who can appeal are limited to the applicant and those parties consulted and who responded during the second consultation exercise.