Extension of emergency regulations


Extension of emergency regulations

September 1, 2020

The declaration of an emergency requiring the flexible provision of pharmaceutical services (direction 2 of the Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services and Emergency Declaration) Directions 2020) which was introduced to help maintain pharmacy services during the COVID-19 outbreak, has been extended to 30th November 2020.

This declaration ‘activates’ certain regulations in the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013 and, for example, enables pharmacies to make temporary changes to opening hours or temporary closures where, first, adequate reasons for the changes are provided to NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I), second, the contractor has given NHSE&I 24 hours notice of those changes and, third, NHSE&I has agreed to those changes or does not object to them.

Further information about the emergency regulations is available on our network resilience page.

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