Are you a fresh graduate of Pharmacy that wants to learn how to open a pharmacy outlet? Are you not a trained pharmacist, but want to know how you can legally operate a pharmacy outlet in Nigeria, without issues from the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria ? If you can relate to any of the above questions, then this article is for you.
In this article, i will be explaining how you can successfully register a pharmacy outlet as a trained pharmacist, and also how a person who is not a trained pharmacist can also register and operate a pharmacist outlet legally in Nigeria.
So, without expending more time, here is all you need to know to make that dream of registering your pharmacy outlet a reality. But before that , let’s take a look at the subject matter first.
What Is A Pharmacy Outlet ?
According to Wikipedia, A pharmacy outlet (also called drug store or chemist) is a retail shop which provides prescription drugs, among other products. At the pharmacy, a pharmacist oversees the fulfilment of medical prescriptions and is available to give advice on their offerings of over-the-counter drugs. A typical pharmacy would be in the commercial area of a community.
In Nigeria for instance, we have a lot of Pharmacy outlets, yet a lot of them have not been properly registered with the appropriate agencies. This may be as a result of ignorance or lack of awareness on the part of the operators of these outlets, hence the reason for this post.
To register your pharmacy outlet, there are basically two major processes that are involved. The are:
- Register a Company or Pharmacy name with Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission- CAC
- Register your company with Pharmacists Council Nigeria – PCN.
It is pertinent to say that the both of them above are of equal importance, as you can not be a registered member of PCN without registering a business name with the CAC. These two processes will be discoursed presently.
Registering Your Company Or Pharmacy Name with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
I don’t think you would want to run a pharmacy without a brand name, would you ? You must have heard about Landmark Pharmacy, PharmLab pharmacy and the rest. These are brand names, because you can not have any other registered pharmacy with that same name.
The registration of your business name gives you that unique identity, which can make you stand out among other pharmacy outlets in Nigeria. To register the name of your pharmacy, simply visit the official CAC site via cac.gov.ng
and fill out the forms there. That’s as simple as that. Within 2 weeks, you should receive a message about the status of your business name
Also note that you really do not need the services of a legal practitioner for you to be able to register your pharmacy name with the CAC
Also; Check our guide on Registering your Business with CAC Nigeria
Registering Your Company with Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN).
Read the Procedures at the Phamacy Council of Nigeria Website – Click Here
Every Retail Pharmacy either Community Pharmacy or Hospital Pharmacy must be registered with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN). PCN is a Federal Government Agency, established by Act 91 of 1992 constitution. their main responsibility is to regulate and control the practice of pharmacy in Nigeria. Its responsibility is to control and regulate the practice of pharmacy throughout the Federation and the control of pharmaceutical education in Nigeria and also to determines the standard of knowledge and skill that are to be attained by persons seeking to become pharmacists in Nigeria.
In other words, the legality or the illegality of your business name depends on whether or not you have registered with PCN. I want to believe that you wouldn’t want to operate an illegal pharmacy outlet, would you? Okay so here are the few steps you should take in order to register your pharmacy with the PCN:
Step 1: Get a good business premises or Store, The store should be at least 30sqm to 40sqm (it can be bigger depends on how big you want the store to be. ) also, the proposed store must be at least 200 meters far from any other nearby registered pharmacy store. Location must not be in market place, Motor Parks or where high commercial activities is taking place. in addition, the environment of the premises must be neat
Step 2: Then, Write a Location Approval Letter to PCN, the approved fee for this location approval is N10, 000. At this point if you are not a Pharmacist then you’ll need to employ a Superintendent Pharmacist
Step 3: Once your Location is Approved, then you can start setting up Up The store, by putting up necessary things in place such as; furnitures, electronics, Pharmacist office, fire extinguisher, Poison book and box and so on but DON’T STOCK YET!
Step 4: Apply for Registration of Pharmacy Premises, the premises or Store will be visited and inspected to see if you met the requirements and you will also be asked to pay for the license and registration.
For a Pharmacist owned business you need to make provision for the following:
- Application Letter for Premises Registration
- C.A.C Ccertificate of incorporation (C.A.C Stands for Corperate Affairs Commission)
- C.A.C forms CO2 and CO7
- Superintendent pharmacist license
- NYSC discharge certificate for a post NYSC pharmacist
- Letter Stating that You have just one full-time pharmacist job
- Pay inspection and registration fee into PCN account
- Duly fill and submit Forms B and J from PCN
- and patiently wait for the application out come
For a Non Pharmacist owned business
Note: you will have to Provide the above document and the following;
1. Appointment and Acceptance of Appointment Letters of Superintendent pharmacist
2. A Letter promising to give the Superintendent pharmacist a free hand
3. A legal Agreement between the Superintendent pharmacist and the Managing Director
4. Letter informing PCN of appointment of a Superintendent Pharmacist
Note: You don’t need to be there during all the inspections. Only the Superintendent Pharmacist and the Pharmacist on the Board of Directors (if different) are expected to be Seen
Once Registered you should receive a copy of all the documents and then go ahead with stocking and business proper.
But if it goes the other way that your Premises is not Approved, You can write an appeal letter to the PCN Registrar stating your case.
So you see, with the above processes, your pharmacy outlet should be duly registered in no time. So, that is it guys, if you still have any other question to ask, simply use the comment section down below, and we will respond to you as fast as possible.
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