What should I be doing?

While the nature of the UK’s exit from the EU is still uncertain, there are practical steps you can take now in readiness.

  1. Familiarise yourself with operational guidance from your respective government and health service.
  2. Plan strategies for dealing with potential medicines shortages and how to communicate these to patients and GPs.
  3. Review your business’s workforce strategy, ensuring staff from EU member–states are aware of the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme.
  4. Review your business’s continuity plans, liaising with local healthcare bodies where appropriate.

What is the NPA doing?

The NPA has represented the interests of community pharmacy in discussions with the MHRA, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and other relevant government bodies. Our key priority throughout the Brexit process has been minimising any disruption to medicines supplies, pricing, and the work of community pharmacy. To this end, we have collaborated with our counterparts from other national pharmacy organisations and medicine suppliers via the Community Pharmacy Brexit Forum.

The NPA has also produced a Brexit webinar, which can be found here.

Our latest position on Brexit is available here.

View country–specific resources and UK–wide resources


NEW NHS: information for patients about possible impact of a no-deal Brexit

UK Government: Latest from Health Secretary about contingency planning for no-deal Brexit (2nd April)

EU Exit Strategic Commander: Letter from Keith Willett

Department of Health and Social Care: update on no–deal planning

MHRA: guidance and publications on a possible no–deal scenario

NPA: FMD information and guidance

UK Government: EU Settlement Scheme

UK Government: no–deal preparations – community pharmacy and retail sectors

UK Government: recognition of professional qualifications if there’s a no-deal Brexit 


NEWNHS: Frequently Asked Questions about the potential impact of Brexit on the continuity of medicines supplies

NHS England: operational readiness guidance for the health and care system in England


Scottish Government: EU Exit – impact on people and business

Scottish Government: Update on Medicines supplies

Scottish Government: EU citizens staying in Scotland


NHS Wales: Letter to Healthcare Professionals

CPW: Brexit – the health landscape 

UK Government: EU Settlement Scheme – Welsh materials

Northern Ireland

Department of Health NI: Brexit readiness guidance

Latest CPO NI communication to HSC NI – Re: continuity supply of medicines and medical products in the UK