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Under the Medicines Act 1981, a Licence to Operate Pharmacy authorises the establishment of a pharmacy at a specified site and to carry out pharmacy practice at that site. These licences are issued by the licensing authority at the Ministry of Health.
No pharmacy may be open to the public unless it is licensed and under the immediate supervision and control of a pharmacist. If a pharmacist is not present and able to exercise direct supervision and control, the pharmacy must close.
The licensing Authority maintains a register of Licences to Operate Pharmacy. This is held and available to view in the office of the licensing authority in Wellington.
In this section
- Information about the situations where an applicant will need to apply for a pharmacy licence, application forms, and guidance on the application process. Read more
- Opening a new pharmacy premises or relocating an existing pharmacy to new premises requires a new Licence to Operate Pharmacy. Read more
- Company ownership is the most common form of pharmacy ownership, where the majority of the share capital must be owned by an individual pharmacist or pharmacists. Other ownership structures can be discussed with Medicines Control. Read more
- A change of pharmacy ownership requires a new licence application, which must be received at least four weeks before the change of ownership is due to occur. Once a licence is granted, the Licensing Authority must be advised of any change in details that relate to the licence application. Read more
- There are panalties if the licence holder fails to comply with any licence conditions, and penalties relating to making a false statement on the application form. Read more