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The Pharmacy Practices Committee (PPC)

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:

  • Chair (non Executive member of the HB);
  • 3 lay members (nominated by the HB);
  • 1 non contractor pharmacist member (nominated by the Area Pharmaceutical Committee); and
  • 2 contractor pharmacist members (nominated by the Area Pharmaceutical Committee).

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):

  • What are the boundaries of the neighbourhood (the local area) surrounding the proposed pharmacy premises location.
  • What pharmaceutical services are currently provided to/within that neighbourhood by existing community pharmacies.
  • The content of the HB’s Pharmaceutical Care Services plan.
  • The content of the Consultation Analysis Report.
  • Representations received during the second consultation exercise.
  • The likely long term sustainability of the pharmaceutical services proposed by the applicant.

Consideration of the factors outlined above will allow the PPC to determine:

  • Whether the current provision of pharmaceutical services to/within the neighbourhood is adequate.
  • If the current provision is not adequate, whether it is necessary to grant the application in order to secure an adequate pharmaceutical service within the neighbourhood.
  • If the current provision is not adequate, whether it is desirable to grant the application in order to secure an adequate pharmaceutical service within the neighbourhood.

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.