COVID-19: Business Continuity Guidance / Continuity Pharmacy Services Plan

31st March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving public health situation. The Company Chemists’ Association and the National Pharmacy Association have worked together to produce guidance that all community pharmacy contractors can use as they consider how to maintain the provision of pharmacy services in their locality during the current pandemic crisis. It is our hope that by having a single set of principled guidance for all contractors, the networks across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, will be better placed to work collaboratively in order to maintain the supply of essential medicines and services to the public. The consistency of this approach will also help the public to understand what is happening, what to expect and where to go for their medicines and healthcare needs.

The NPA have also produced a Business Continuity guidance document – the information in this document is intended to support you in reviewing your existing business continuity plan (BCP). We will review and update this document as relevant.