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Premises Retention 2022

Premises retention for 2022 is now open. A letter was posted to all premises on Tuesday 30 November 2021, a copy of the letter is below.


Annual retention of premises on the Register of Pharmaceutical Premises maintained under Section 76 (1) of the Medicines Act 1968

The registration of these premises, under the Medicines Act 1968, to carry on the business of a retail pharmacy, expires on 31 December 2021. Enclosed is an invoice for the payment due on or before 1 January 2022. If payment is not made by this date, a Statutory Notice will be issued at the beginning of January which could result in removal of the premises from the Register. The cost to re-join the premises register in these circumstances, in addition to the retention fee, is £317.

To complete your retention form for 2022, please follow the instructions below:

If you used the membership online portal to pay for your pharmacy fees in 2021 please continue to Section A. Your pharmacy membership online details:

Registration number:            Email Address:


First time users of online premises retention should continue to Section B.

To complete a paper application, please continue to Section C.


The Department of Health [NI] has the authority to set the fees for pharmacy premises in Northern Ireland. These remain unchanged for 2022 at:

Initial Registration £113

Annual Retention £155

Payments can be made by BACS, debit card or cheque. Please note, we no longer accept credit card payments.

For BACS payment information please contact Andrea.McFall@

New annual premises registration certificates will be issued to all registered pharmacies within 4-6 weeks of payment. Certificates can be retained on the registered pharmacy premises and may be displayed.

Yours sincerely


Trevor Patterson

CEO & Interim Registrar


Section A: Returning online premises retention user”

To complete your premises retention application, including payment of the annual fee, please visit Online retention is only complete when all data fields have been submitted including relevant payment(s) – this will be confirmed to you online with a receipt.


Section B: First time online premises retention”

To log in, please visit and create an account using the “Register Now” button. You will need your premises number and the email address linked to your premises registration. If you are logged in as a pharmacist, you will need to log out of the platform to create a new account for the premises. It is not possible to register any premises with an email address already associated with a pharmacist membership online account.

Please follow the account creation steps, ensuring you have access to the email address entered. A verification link is then sent to your email account. Please use this link to activate your account.


Completing the online form

The form is partially pre-populated with mandatory and non-mandatory questions. Please complete all appropriate sections. All errors are shown in pink at the top right hand of the screen. The form cannot be submitted if it contains errors.


Completing registration for an individual pharmacy with payment

After completing the relevant questions and submitting the form, payment can be made by debit card to complete the registration process. On successful completion of the payment process, a receipt is sent to the registered email account. The form cannot be rolled back after submission. Please check that the information provided is correct before proceeding to payment section.


Completing registration for pharmacy groups by combined payments

After completing the relevant questions, and submitting the form, an option is available to hold the form until payment is completed by the owner/director/superintendent. After all premises applications in a registered group have been completed to the payment stage and held for payment, a link for payment will be sent to the authorised person.

The authorised person will be the owner or superintendent. If you wish to nominate an accounts or head office email address, please contact and identify the preferred email address to be recorded as the authorised person to contact, regarding payment.


Section C: Instructions for paper applications

If you prefer to complete the registration in paper form, you can download a generic form from our website by clicking this link Premises retention form fillable or contact our office at the address above to request a paper copy. Please allow adequate time if requesting a copy by post.


Changes to the Premises Register

To make changes to your premises registration, please visit and complete the appropriate application. To change the email associated with your pharmacy premises please email noting your pharmacy trading name, premises registration number and the email you wish to use.



New Premises Standards

The Council of the Pharmaceutical Society NI approved new premises Standards at its meeting on 05 June 2018 which await Departmental consent to come into operation. The Standards  Notification will be sent to all registered premises ahead of the coming into operation of the premises standards 2018.


Registered Area

It is important that you provide appropriate records of the footprint of your registered pharmacy premises. If you have changed or plan to change the footprint, you should inform us as early as possible to maintain valid registration.



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