Pharmacy Quality Scheme

Pharmacy Quality Scheme

Following the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, PSNC agreed the requirements for a new Pharmacy Quality Scheme (PQS) for 2020/21 with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I).

The scheme has two parts, the first of which was announced on 13th July 2020. The focus of the Part 1 scheme is ensuring community pharmacy contractors and their teams have put in place all reasonable measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting both themselves and the people using their services.

That scheme is also a Gateway requirement for the Part 2 scheme, which is also focused on activities that support the response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. An early view of the contents of the Part 2 scheme was published on 6th August 2020, with the full details being released in the September 2020 Drug Tariff on 27th August 2020.

Click on the links below for further details on both parts of the scheme.

PQS 2020/21 Part 1

PQS 2020/21 Part 2

Archive information

Archive information on the 2019/20 PQS and declaration data from previous schemes is available via the link below:

Pharmacy Quality Scheme archive


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