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Norwegian Pharmacy Association

The association was founded in 1881 to protect the interests of pharmacies, and to deal with the authorities and other industries on behalf of the members.

Today, the Norwegian Pharmacy Association focus on the professional development of pharmacies, the legislative and economic framework set by the Government, and the development of technology and e-health services. 

All Norwegian pharmacies are members of the association.

► Watch a film about Norwegian pharmacies and the Norwegian Pharmacy Association (YouTube, 2 minutes)

2 September 2020
Norwegian pharmacists can prescribe influenza vaccines
The Norwegian ministry of health give pharmacists the right to prescribe influenza vaccines. This fall pharmacies can both prescribe and administer the vaccination.
Read more

2 April 2020:
The pharmacies offer almost the same service as normal 
Most pharmacies in Norway have managed to stay open in the fight against COVID-19. After a few challenging weeks, the situation now seems to be normalizing. 
Read more

14 May 2020:
Expecting more flu vaccination in Norwegian pharmacies 
The Norwegian authorities will soon open for pharmacists to dispense flu vaccines on their own without a doctor's prescription. The necessary regulatory measures are taken these days. Conditions will then also be in place to mobilize thousands of pharmacy employees once the Covid-19 vaccine arrives. 
Read more

The Board

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

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
Hanne Andresen, Director of Pharmaceutical Affairs, hanne.andresen@apotek.no 
Anne-Lise Härter, Director of eHealth, anne-lise.harter@apotek.no


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.


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

Read more about what we did and our main activities during the last year in our Annual Report.



In 2020 there were 5 385 000 million people in Norway. On average, there were 5,500 inhabitants per pharmacy.

All the pharmacies in Norway are members of the Norwegian Pharmacy Association.

(Updated 01. November 2021)

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