Where an applicant decides to move forward to formal application, they must submit their application within 90 days from the end of the public consultation. The application is then checked to make sure it is complete and meets all regulation requirements.
The Health Board (HB) then carries out a further consultation which is required by the pharmacy regulations.
Firstly, a copy of the application is sent to existing pharmacies around the proposed pharmacy, the Health Board’s Area Medical Committee, Area Pharmaceutical Committee, and the local Community Council’s nominated community representative. If the proposed pharmacy is within two kilometres from a neighbouring Health Board boundary, it is also shared with that Board. These parties are invited to comment on the application and all responses received within 30 days are considered by the Pharmacy Practices Committee (PPC).
. The PPC is made up of seven members:
Normally the PPC holds an oral hearing to consider an application. The applicant, other pharmacies, committees and the nominated community representative are invited to attend the hearing, but only if they have made written comments following notification of the application.
The hearing is usually held in a place near to the proposed new pharmacy. Invites are sent out a few weeks in advance and the applicant, other pharmacies, committees and the nominated community representative are able to speak to the PPC and put forward their case.
The, regulations require the PPC to apply what is known as ‘the legal 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”.
Before the PPC can apply this test they must consider a range of issues including (but not restricted to):
The answers to these questions will allow the PPC to decide:
The PPC is an expert panel and uses information heard at the hearing, and provided within their papers to make their decision.
Once the PPC make their decision they make a report for the Health Board that is sent within 10 working days of the hearing. The decision is sent to all those who attended the hearing and is also published on the HB’s public website within five working days of the Board receiving the PPCs report.
The PPC’s decision can be appealed by either the applicant or any other invited hearing attendee within 21 days from the date the decision is sent out by the HB.