An important function of the Authority is to conduct inspections of pharmacy premises. Inspections are undertaken on a regular cyclical basis and under the following circumstances:
When a pharmacy has changed ownership
When a pharmacy has completed alterations
When a new pharmacy premises opens for business
When a pharmacy relocates premises
When the Pharmacy Authority has concerns regarding the operations of the pharmacy.
The Authority has five Inspectors which includes a Chief Inspector. The Inspectors will travel to all areas of the state to conduct inspections. Pharmacies will be normally be contacted by the Inspector who will make an appointment at a mutually convenient time to inspect the pharmacy. The Authority encourages pharmacists to complete the Self-Inspection Form to ensure all aspects of the pharmacy comply with the requirements.
For pharmacies which have complex compounding facilities, the Authority will send the Chief Inspector to conduct an inspection of the compounding room and equipment. If your pharmacy is planning on introducing complex compounding to the pharmacy, please contact the Authority for advice.