Lo­ca­tion Rules

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

THE Lo­ca­tion Rules Ap­pli­cant’s Hand­book is now avail­able on the Aus­tralian Com­mu­nity Phar­macy Author­ity web­site. The new rules took ef­fect from last week.

The key changes to the Lo­ca­tion Rules in­clude:

• in­creased flex­i­bil­ity to al­low phar­ma­cists to re­lo­cate out of shop­ping cen­tres;

• amend­ments to the re­quire­ments for re­plac­ing a phar­macy that has re­lo­cated out of a shop­ping cen­tre;

• a re­duc­tion in the dis­tance that a pro­posed new large med­i­cal cen­tre phar­macy needs to be from ex­ist­ing phar­ma­cies;

• an in­crease in the time that a phar­ma­cist must re­main in one lo­ca­tion prior to re­lo­cat­ing - from two to five years; and

• in­tro­duc­tion of a new rule that al­lows phar­ma­cies to re­lo­cate be­tween 1km and 1.5km from their ex­ist­ing lo­ca­tion.

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