The first pharmacists have been accredited to supply the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) without prescription.
Pharmacists who undertake additional training, are accredited by the Pharmaceutical Society.
"Pharmacy has been given an opportunity to play a wider role in the Government's health strategy to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and termination," says Society chief executive, Dr Joan Baas.
She said pharmacist supply of the ECP would result in quicker and easier access to the treatment by women.
"Community pharmacies are seen as offering one of the most accessible forms of health care service through their extensive opening hours, and the lack of need for an appointment with a trained health professional."