NHS pharmaceutical services can only be provided to the public with the permission of the Health Board (HB). The process for applying for a new pharmacy contract is governed by Pharmaceutical Regulations.
Any pharmacist or company who wants to open a new pharmacy must submit an application to join the HB’s Pharmaceutical List and applications can only be made by certain categories of people (the Medicines Act describes these categories). Potential applicants to the pharmaceutical list approach the HB about opening a pharmacy or relocating an existing pharmacy; the HB does not proactively seek applications.
Before an application can be submitted and processed for consideration, there are two important stages for the potential Applicant and the HB to work through together. These are: the Pre-Application Stage and the Joint Consultation process.