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Statement on the issue of temporary closures of community pharmacies

We have published a statement on the issue of temporary closures of community pharmacies.

We recognise that access to pharmacy services is an issue of utmost importance to patients, carers and their families.

Pharmacy closures can be distressing for all involved, and potentially may raise concerns for patient safety, particularly if people cannot access the medicines and other pharmacy services many rely on.

We recognise that the rate of pharmacy closures in Northern Ireland is comparatively low and that the causes behind closures can be complex and include labour market and Covid-19 related factors.

Our statement sets out how the issue of pharmacy closures relates to our role and remit as the independent regulator as well as the wider context of pharmacy service delivery.

Our statement can be found here.



The Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland is the regulatory body for pharmacists in Northern Ireland. Our primary purpose is to ensure practicing pharmacists in Northern Ireland are fit to practise, keep their skills and knowledge up to date and deliver high quality safe care to patients.

For further information, please contact Mark Neale at the Pharmaceutical Society NI on 02890326927 or