Important Note: Securing Pharmacies with a Shared Space


If your pharmacy shares, or will be sharing, a space with a medical clinic or other establishment, the accredited pharmacy area must be designed, constructed and maintained so that it is physically separate and securable from the non-accredited area.

The manner in which the entire pharmacy is secured must completely restrict access by physical impediments when the pharmacy is closed or the pharmacist is not present. This is important for safeguarding the inventory and patient records under the pharmacy’s control.

Designated managers are advised to review the College’s Opening a Pharmacy webpage and ensure the pharmacy’s security is compliant with the Standards of Accreditation and Operation. If an existing accredited pharmacy is non-compliant, please take action to address any gaps in security. If material changes are required to the physical layout, refer to the Pharmacy Renovations webpage.