Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Sale of Sugar Sweetened Beverages

Pharmacy Quality Scheme – Sale of Sugar Sweetened Beverages

Community pharmacy contractors passing the gateway criteria will receive a payment for the Pharmacy Quality Scheme if they meet one or more of the domains. The Prevention domain consists of five quality criteria, one of which is that on the day of their declaration (which must be done between 3rd February 2020 and 28th February 2020):

‘pharmacies (the registered pharmacy premises) must have either achieved that the sales by the pharmacy of Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSB) account for no more than 10% by volume in litres of all beverages sold or must declare that they will be meeting this criterion by 31st March 2020. For the definition of added sugar see Annex B in the following link – https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/sugar-action-doc.pdf.’


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NHS England and NHS Improvement guidance

How to achieve this quality criterion

Community pharmacy contractors will need to review the beverages that they sell in their pharmacy (on the registerd pharmacy premises) to ensure that the sales by the pharmacy of SSBs account for no more than 10% by volume in litres of all beverages sold. Contractors will need to declare that they meet this criterion on the day of the declaration or that they will be meeting this criterion by 31st March 2020.

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs) are defined in the NHS Standard Contract 2019/20 General Conditions as any drink, hot or cold, carbonated or non-carbonated, including milk based drinks and milk substitute drinks such as soya, almond, hemp, oat, hazelnut or rice, which contains more than 20kcal/100ml energy (i.e. is not ‘low energy (calorie)’) and also has had any sugar added to it as an ingredient (i.e. is not ‘no added sugar’). Products sweetened with a combination of artificial/natural sweeteners and sugars would, if they contain more than 20kcal/100ml energy (i.e. are not ‘low energy  (calorie)’), fall within this definition. For the purposes of this definition, added sugars:

  • include sugars added to pre-packaged drinks or added to made-to-order drinks (including without
    limitation sugar syrup, hot chocolate powder, sweetened milk alternatives and whipped cream);
  • do not include sugars naturally occurring in fruit juices, vegetable juices and smoothies;
  • do not include sugars naturally occurring in milk;
  • do not include sugar added by the customer after the point of sale.

Further information on Nutrition Claims Legislation (that provides definitions of ‘low energy (calorie)’ and ‘no added sugar’) is available on the European Commission website.

Added sugar is defined in Annex B in the NHS England and NHS Improvement’s  Action to reduce sales of sugar sweetened drinks on NHS premises.

FAQs

FAQs on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme can be found on the Pharmacy Quality Scheme – FAQs page.

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