National roll-out of Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs in EPS

National roll-out of Schedule 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs in EPS

February 27, 2019

The national roll-out of Controlled Drugs (CDs) in EPS will start on Thursday 28th February 2019 for TPP SystmOne and Tuesday 5th March 2019 for Vision GP practices.

This means that the number of CD prescriptions that pharmacies receive via EPS will increase significantly as more GP practices have the functionality switched on.

It is therefore important that all pharmacy staff, including locums, are aware of the roll-out and are prepared to dispense an electronic prescription for a Schedule 2 or 3 CD.

If you receive a prescription for a Schedule 2 or 3 CD via EPS, you should dispense it as you would any other electronic prescription.

Pharmacy teams may find it useful to check when the GP practices local to you are going live by checking the roll-out schedule on the NHS Digital website.

Further information

It will take approximately one and a half weeks to complete the rollout to all practices in England using TPP SystmOne and Vision. Switch on dates will depend on the prescribing system and the CCG area of the general practice.

GP practices using TPP SystmOne will have CDs in EPS enabled on Thursday 28th February, Monday 4th, Thursday 7th or Monday 11th March 2019. GP practices using Vision will have CDs in EPS enabled on Tuesday 5th, Thursday 7th or Monday 11th March 2019.

At GP practices where roll-out has occurred, CD prescriptions (except for instalment FP10MDAs) can be processed electronically for all patients that use EPS for their existing prescriptions. For GP practices that are also taking part in the EPS Phase 4 pilot, CDs will be prescribed electronically for both patients with and without an EPS nomination.

The national roll-out dates for other GP systems will be announced shortly.

If you receive an EPS Controlled Drug prescription and have any questions or comments, please contact The usual EPS escalation route also applies for raising EPS technical queries.

Read more at EPS Controlled DrugsOur webpages on CD validity and CD regulations also contain relevant information.


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