DHSC publishes report reviewing pharmacy regulations

DHSC publishes report reviewing pharmacy regulations

March 29, 2018

Today, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published its report following a post implementation review on the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) 2013 Regulations. Such reviews and reports are now routine, to ensure legislation remains fit for purpose.

PSNC gives a cautious welcome to the report, which confirms that the Regulations remain important to ensure the provision of stable, safe and effective NHS pharmaceutical services in England, for the benefit of the public.

There is recognition that the special arrangements for Distance Selling Premises (which by definition provide a national pharmaceutical service) should be adhered to and that efforts should be made to address the direction of prescriptions, to ensure that it is patients who choose which pharmacy dispenses their prescription. There is also recognition of various issues and problems with the day-to-day working of the regulations which, if addressed, could reduce the burden on contractors and others.

The review does not make changes to the 2013 Regulations and any proposed changes would need to be consulted on separately and considered by PSNC.

PSNC will consider and explore the review recommendations with DHSC, but we are pleased that many of the recommendations adopt proposals and submissions from PSNC.

Post implementation report on the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013

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