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Pharmacy Premises Committee
The Pharmacy Premises Committee (PPC) has the following functions.
- to administer Schedule 7 of the Health Practitioners Act
- to monitor and investigate compliance with Schedule 7
- to prosecute offences against Schedule 7
- to advise the Minister on matters relating to the administration and enforcement of Schedule 7
- other functions imposed by this or another Act.
Committee members are appointed by the Minister for Health.
The Pharmacy Premises Committee has four members: three pharmacists to assist the committee in performing its functions and one non-pharmacist to represent the interests of patients and consumers.
The Pharmacy Premises Committee must be notified when a pharmacy business commences, relocates, alters or changes ownership. The Pharmacy Premises Committee must also be notified of a change in the pharmacist in charge or pharmacy superintendent. Pharmacy Departments must also notify the Pharmacy Premises Committee if a new pharmacy commences or a pharmacy relocates or alters.
All notifications to the Pharmacy Premises Committee must be on the following forms:
- NF1 Change of ownership of a Pharmacy Business
- NF2 Application for a New or Relocation, Alteration of a Pharmacy Business
- NF3 Application for a New or Relocation, Alteration of a Pharmacy Department
- NF4 Application for a New or Relocation, Alteration of a Professional Services Premises
- NF5 Notification of a Pharmacist-in-charge
- NF6 Notification of a Pharmacy Superintendent
The committee has reviewed and endorsed the following standards, guidelines and codes of practice.
|PS1 Pharmacy Ownership Guideline|
|PS3 Display of Names for Pharmacy Business|
|PS4 Professional Services Premises Standard|
|PS5 Premises and Equipment Standard for Pharmacy Based Immunisation Programs|
|PS6 Mandatory Equipment for Pharmacy Businesses|
|PS7 Mandatory References for Northern Territory Pharmacy Premises|
|PS8 Direct Supervision|
|PS9 Fit and Proper Person Standard|
|PS10 Premises Standard for Pharmacy Departments|
|PS11 Display of Names for Pharmacy Departments|
|Guidelines on dose administration and staged supply of dispensed medicine. Go to the Pharmacy Board of Australia website.|
|Code of practice|
Australian code of good wholesaling practice for medicines in schedules 2, 3, 4 and 8. Go to the Australian Government's Therapeutic Good Administration website.
Review of Schedule 8 of the Health Practitioners Act
The Health Practitioners Act was amended in 2010 with the introduction of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS).
While NRAS has responsibility for health practitioners and pharmacists, pharmacy premises and ownership controls remain the responsibility of the NT, legislated under Schedule 8 of the Act.
The Pharmacy Premises Committee was established to administer these controls.
Read the 2011 Tilton Review report and the Department of Health response:
- Report on the Review of Schedule 8 of the Health Practitioners Act and the Pharmacy Premises Committee (The Tilton Report 2011)
- NT Department of Health Response to the Tilton Report.
For information about making a complaint go to health compliments, complaints and feedback.
Phone: (08) 8922 7341
Fax: (08) 8922 7200