In 2015 it became a legal requirement for anybody across Europe selling medicines online to the public to be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and feature on the MHRA’s list of UK registered online retail sellers.
What does this mean?
The MHRA register contains all websites authorised to sell medicines online. Their EU common logo is an industry-standard mark, which offers consumers peace of mind when buying over the Internet.
If you are thinking of buying medicines, you can easily check if the website is legitimately registered by clicking on the logo link through to a list of approved sellers.
If you see a website selling medicines illegally, without the logo, you should report this to the MHRA directly.
What is the MHRA?
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency is responsible for regulating all medicines and medical devices in the UK by ensuring they work and are acceptably safe.
The MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health and its work is underpinned by robust and fact-based judgements to ensure that the benefits justify any risks.
Hasn’t Express Pharmacy always been regulated and accredited?
All reputable bricks and mortar pharmacies in the UK are already well regulated and have the option of signing up to the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) register. As part of Carecamp Ltd., which owns several bricks and mortar pharmacies across London, Express Pharmacy has always maintained the highest standards and been transparent to regulators and accreditors.
As such, we are delighted that the new laws have been implemented and that responsible pharmacies are required to register with the MHRA as part of being licensed to practice.