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 is representing 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 is minimising any disruption to medicines supplies, pricing, and the work of community pharmacy. To this end, we are collaborating with our counterparts from other national pharmacy organisations and medicine suppliers via the Community Pharmacy Brexit Forum.

Our latest position on Brexit is available here.

View country–specific resources and UK–wide resources

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

This page tells you what you’’ll need to do to supply authorised medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Check the new rules from January 2021 below and take action now;

  1. GOV.UK
  2. GOV/ MHRA


Latest update:

Message from Business Secretary Alok Sharma: Are you ready for our new relationship with the EU?

There will be guaranteed changes from 1 January for businesses as we start our new relationship with the EU, and there are many actions you can take now to prepare. Find out what you need to do by visiting gov.uk/transition and use the checker tool.

It is vital that you prepare now for our new relationship with the EU, outside of the single market and customs union. There will be no extension to the transition period, so you need to act now, according to the government.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma is encouraging you to:

  1. Check what actions you need to take by visiting gov.uk/transition
  2. Sign up for updates
  3. Attend government webinars for additional support, you can sign-up to attend Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy webinars now

UK Government: Letters to businesses about trade arrangements after the UK has left the EU.

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

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 

Northern Ireland

A message from the Chief Medical Officer in regards to medicines supply and Brexit

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


NHS England: How healthcare providers can prepare for Brexit

NHS England: Selling services to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein after Brexit


Scottish Government: Brexit information

Highlands and Islands Enterprise / Business Gateway / Scottish Development International / Scottish Enterprise / Skills Development Scotland: Business Support

Citizens Advice Scotland: EU citizens with particular challenges can contact Citizens Advice Scotland on the full-time national helpline 0800 916 9847

Audit Scotland Paper: Preparing for withdrawal from the European Union

Scottish Government: Brexit Vulnerability Index Map

Scottish Government: EU Exit – impact on people and business

Scottish Government: EU citizens staying in Scotland

Scottish Government: Update on Medicines supplies


CPW: Brexit – the health landscape 

UK Government: EU Settlement Scheme – Welsh materials

NHS Wales: Letter to Healthcare Professionals

Welsh Government: Health and Social Services