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A guide to market entry applications for NHS pharmacy contracts in England

20 July 2016

NHS contracts are valuable because they are hard to come by. Equally, if a new contract is granted, it can have devastating consequences for existing pharmacy businesses.


Obtaining a pharmacy contract or opposing an application that would impact on an existing pharmacy business is not a straightforward process. The regulations and the law are complicated.  What is more, rights can easily be lost if specific requirements are not met, such as the right to appeal or the right to attend a hearing. This guide is intended as an overview of market entry applications. It deals with the most common questions that our clients ask us when they are considering making an application or have received notification of an application in their local area. 


Charles Russell Speechlys is the UK’s only law firm specialising in providing a full range of legal services to the community pharmacy sector. We have advised and represented pharmacists and pharmacy owners for over 50 years; and we have been involved in market entry cases since controls were introduced in 1987.


Please click here to download an electronic copy of the guide.