Approval of independent Sector Places for the Termination of Pregnancy

Overview

Any independent sector clinic or service wishing to seek approval to perform abortions must agree to comply with a set of Required Standard Operating Procedures (RSOPs).  

In July 2012, the Department of Health published Interim Procedures for the Approval of Independent Sector Places which contained  updated RSOPs. All currently approved independent sector providers agreed to comply with these and were re-approved to perform abortions until 28 February 2014. The Department of Health  committed to consult on a further updated set of RSOPs prior to considering re-approving all places for a further four years. This consultation document fulfils that commitment. In February 2014, all current providers will be re-approved for an interim period of three months. During this time responses to this consultation will be considered and a final document against which all providers will be invited to re-apply for approval will be published. The new four year approval period will commence on 31 May 2014.

On publication, the Procedures for the Approval of Independent Sector Places for the Termination of Pregnancy will sit alongside RSOPs contained within Procedures for the Registration of Pregnancy Advice Bureaux.

Why We Are Consulting

Prior to the publication of the Interim RSOPs in July 2012, the last update of requirements for independent sector abortion providers took place in 1999. In 2012, a decision was taken to issue an interim version of the RSOPs to update requirements and take into account a number of regulatory changes, for example the introduction of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 which imposed additional regulations on providers.  We have made some additional amendments  to the RSOPs, since the interim version was issued, to bring it in line with current policies and guidance. We seek comments on this updated version through this consultation exercise.

What Happens Next

A summary of the response to this consultation will be made available before or alongside any further action and will be placed on the Consultations response area of the GOV.UK website.

On publication, the Procedures for the Approval of Independent Sector Places for the Termination of Pregnancy will sit alongside RSOPs contained within Procedures for the Registration of Pregnancy Advice Bureaux.

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Contact

Lisa Westall (Senior Policy Manager) Sexual Health Team 0207 210 6375

Dates

Consultation is Closed

Ran from 22 Nov 2013 to 3 Feb 2014

Other Information

Audience:

  • Commissioners,
  • NHS Commissioning Board,
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups,
  • Royal Colleges,
  • General public

Interests:

  • Sexual health