Regulation Reminders 4/6/2021

Regulation Reminders 4/6/2021

June 4, 2021

PSNC has initiated a series of reminders about changes to the pharmacy Terms of Service that took place in late 2020.

This week’s reminders:

  1. Pandemic Treatment Protocol – this requires pharmacies to supply a prescription only medicine for the prevention or treatment of a disease that is, or is anticipated to be imminently, pandemic.
  2. Flexible provision of flu or COVID vaccinations – enabling a pharmacy contractor to apply to NHSE&I during or in anticipation of a pandemic to limit the pharmaceutical services they provide to relevant immunisation services only.
  3. CAS alert sign-up – contractors must register their pharmacy’s shared NHSmail account to receive Central Alerting System (CAS) alerts direct from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
  4. commencement notices and contractors entering administration – commencement notices for new pharmacies must now be sent to NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) no fewer than 30 days in advance, and a contractor must notify NHSE&I if their company enters administration.
  5. NHSE&I inspections and access to electronic information – requiring contractors to provide information that could be requested at an inspection and a completed Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) questionnaire to NHSE&I electronically.
  6. Facilitating remote access to pharmacy services – contractors must, to a reasonable extent, facilitate remote access to the full range of NHS pharmacy services provided at or from their premises.
  7. HLP requirements – all pharmacies are required to meet the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) requirements which are detailed in the NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) regulations guidance.
  8. Consultation rooms and remote consultations – almost all pharmacies are required to have a consultation room and Distance Selling Pharmacies (DSPs) must ensure that there are arrangements in place which enable staff and patients to communicate confidentially by telephone or another live audio link and a live video link.

If you missed any reminders in the series you can view them here.

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