Registration of pharmacy premises

The GPhC can only register a premises as a pharmacy where the owner’s service model from that pharmacy includes one of the following:

  1. The sale of Pharmacy (P) medicines.
  2. The supply of P medicines or Prescription Only Medicines (POMs) against prescriptions. The supply of medicines against prescriptions requires the product to be labelled for a specific patient as a dispensed medicinal product.
  3. The supply of P medicines or Prescription Only Medicines (POMs) against prescriptions written by veterinary practitioners for the treatment of animals under the ‘cascade’.

“Pharmacy” is a protected title in legislation and so it is an offence to use the term “pharmacy” in respect of a retail business that is not a registered pharmacy (or the pharmacy department of a hospital or health centre). The purpose of this legislation is to protect public safety.

When considering individual cases where the title ‘pharmacy’  has been used in a business not registered with us, we will consider what risks there may be to public safety and then decide on the actions we may need to take to protect patients and the public.  

Apply to register a pharmacy

To apply to register a new pharmacy premises, please complete the new premises application form.

If you are applying to register a temporary pharmacy for an exhibition or event please complete the temporary premises application form

Return the completed form to us, along with the necessary supporting documents, by post, or you can email a single scanned PDF copy of your completed form via email to

Please be advised that if you send your application via post, we recommend that you send your application by registered post and track delivery to ensure it has been delivered.

New premises application form

If the application to register new pharmacy premises is being submitted by a corporate body (such as a limited company or NHS Trust) that does not currently own registered pharmacy premises, you must also submit a completed application to nominate a superintendent pharmacist.

The GPhC has published standards that all pharmacy premises must meet.


If you own premises with an existing entry on the register, see: Renewing your registration.

Apply to use the internet pharmacy logo

The GPhC operates a voluntary internet pharmacy logo scheme to provide reassurance to patients and the public that they are purchasing medicines online from registered pharmacies who have to meet GPhC standards.

If you would like to apply to use our voluntary internet pharmacy logo, please read the conditions for use first.

If you think your pharmacy service can meet the conditions of use, download and complete the application form.