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Norwegian Pharmacy Association

The trade organization for pharmacies in Norway

Apotekforeningen (the Norwegian Pharmacy Association) is the trade organization for pharmacies in Norway and their owners. All Norwegian pharmacies are members of the association.

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 focusing on the professional development of pharmacies, the legislative and economic framework set by the Government, and the development of technology and e-health services. 


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
  • best possible political awareness and acceptance.

As a secondary purpose, the Norwegian Pharmacy Association performs tasks and carries out functions on behalf of the trade as and when the organisation’s members consider this appropriate. Such tasks and functions cannot be within areas defined by the members as competitive arenas.

As part of its secondary purpose, the Norwegian Pharmacy Association currently runs Farmalogg AS (the Norwegian Article Number Registry - VareWeb), and Serviceproduksjon AS.

Annual report 2016

We can summarize the year we just put behind us with a single phrase: Checking inhaler technique. Read more about what happend in 2016 in our Annual report 2016.


All Norwegian pharmacies are members of the association, included in this figure are 32 publicly owned hospital pharmacies.

The Board

The board consists of representatives from independent pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and the pharmacy chains Apotek 1, Boots apotek and Vitus apotek.


The Norwegian Pharmacy Association including the organization AS Apotekernes Hus has 38 employees. The association’s employees are skilled in pharmacy, economy, IT and PR.

Management Team:
Per T. Lund, Chief executive officer, per.lund@apotek.no
Jostein Soldal, Head of Communications, jostein.soldal@apotek.no
Oddbjørn Tysnes, Director of Economic Policy & Government Relations, Oddbjorn.tysnes@apotek.no
Per Kristian Fasvåg, Director of Pharmaceutical Affairs, Per.Kristian.Faksvaag@apotek.no
Terje Wistner, Director, Director of Technology & eHealth, terje.wistner@apotek.no


Membership of the Norwegian Pharmacy Association by chain.


Apotek 1:       372
Vitusapotek:   261
Boots apotek:  158
Ditt apotek:  71
Hospital pharm: 32
Independent: 22



Updated 01. June 2018

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