Norwegian Pharmacy AssociationApotekforeningen (the Norwegian Pharmacy Association) is the trade organisation for pharmacies in Norway and their owners. All pharmacies are welcome to join.
The association dates back to 1881, when it was founded to safeguard the interests of pharmacies, and to speak on behalf of members in their dealings with the authorities and other industries. The Norwegian Pharmacy Association is today an organisation that seeks to achieve its goals through an excellent understanding of the technical and political challenges facing pharmacies.
The Norwegian Pharmacy Association’s main aims are to ensure that pharmacies have:
- as good and predictable a regulatory framework as possible
- as strong a position and framework as possible for competing with other sales channels within the product and service areas in which the pharmacies have, or wish to have, a commercial interest
- a clear and valuable position in the Norwegian health care system, the pharmacy profession and in relation to consumers.
As part of its secondary purpose, the Norwegian Pharmacy Association currently runs Farmalogg AS (the Norwegian Article Number Registry), various educational services and a service production system.
All Norwegian pharmacies are members of the association as of 1 January 2012. Included in this figure are 32 publicly owned hospital pharmacies.
The board consists of representatives from independent pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and the pharmacy chains Apokjeden AS, Alliance Boots Ltd. and NMD AS.
As of 1 January 2012, The Norwegian Pharmacy Association including the organisation AS Apotekernes Hus had 45 employees. The association’s employees are skilled in pharmacy, economy, statistics, IT and teaching.