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Concession for implementing pharmacy services

Based on the criteria, set with the health-care plan of the Republic of Slovenia, a municipality or city publishes a public tender for implementing pharmacy activities and acquiring a concession.

The concession for implementing pharmacy activities is granted by the competent administrative authority of the municipality or city in agreement with the ministry responsible for health care, i.e. after an advance opinion of the Chamber of Pharmacies and the Health Insurance Institute of the Republic of Slovenia.

The decision on the concession also determines the territory where the pharmacy services can be provided.

An individual who wants to implement pharmacy activities, can acquire the concession only for one area.

The concession provider and the concessionaire conclude a concession contract regulating mutual relations in connection with the performance of pharmacy services, the conditions for the concessionaire, the start of the concession, the deadline for terminating the concession and the means that the concession provider provides for implementing pharmacy services.

The concession contract is concluded in written form.


These terms apply to activity Retail trade in medicinal products

  • A pharmacy may be managed by a master of pharmacy who, apart from the general conditions for concluding an employment relationship, also fulfils the following conditions: has passed the professional exam; actively speaks Slovenian and also the language of the nationality in bilingual areas; is not prohibited, with a final judgement, from exercising his/her profession or providing pharmacy services.

    Master of pharmacy who terminates the work in a pharmacy for more than three years and wants to take over the management of the pharmacy or acquire a concession must take a knowledge test beforehand. If the pharmacist is unable to manage the private pharmacy for any reason on a temporary basis, an authorised pharmacist must be appointed. The authorised pharmacist must be a master of pharmacy and have passed the professional exam.

    The authorised pharmacist can manage the pharmacy for a maximum period of one year. If the pharmacist becomes incapable of working due to health reasons for a longer period of time, the pharmacist or their custodian must appoint a pharmacy administrator. The administrator must fulfil the conditions that are determined for a pharmacy manager. If the pharmacist dies, their spouse or child has the right to perform the pharmacy activity based on the issued concession, but for no longer than five years from the death of the holder of concession. In this case, the pharmacy is run by the administrator who fulfils the conditions for the pharmacy manager. The administrator is appointed by the spouse, child or their custodian. 

    The spouse or child of the deceased pharmacist who fulfils the conditions for independent management of the pharmacy, can request the issue of the concession for pharmacy activities.


  • A candidate for a concessionaire must meet the conditions for the provision of private health-care services determined by the act on health-care services.

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