Freedom Of Information – NPA Information Leaflet Updated, UK

February 17, 2009 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The NPA leaflet on Freedom of Information for England, Wales and Northern Ireland has been updated to include details and guidance on the adoption of a new model publication scheme.

Community pharmacies providing NHS services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are defined as public authorities under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act and must adopt the new publication scheme. Pharmacies should have adopted the scheme by 1 January 2009, however, information specific only to pharmacy was only issued in late December 2008.

Ruth Wakeman, NPA Information Department Manager said: “The NPA’s Information Leaflet will help community pharmacists to implement the new publication scheme or act as a useful reference for pharmacies who have already adopted it.”

NPA members can download the NPA Information Leaflet on Freedom of Information – England, Wales and Northern Ireland from the NPA members’ website Members can also contact NPA Information for further support on 01727 891 800.

Scotland – Freedom of Information

The existing publication scheme for community pharmacists in Scotland is valid until 1 June 2010. This scheme should have been in place since 2004 and is available on the Scottish Information Commissioner’s website:

The NPA has an information leaflet which covers Freedom of Information applicable to Scotland which is also available through

The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) was established in 1921 as the trade association of community pharmacy owners. Its core purpose is to represent, support and protect the interests of all community pharmacy across the UK to ensure its members prosper commercially and professionally.

National Pharmacy Association



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