Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation

Closed 14 May 2015

Opened 12 Feb 2015


This UK-wide consultation, issued on behalf of the four UK Health Departments, seeks comments and views on two pharmacy related draft Orders being made under the powers in section 60 of the Health Act 1999 to  introduce (a) a new defence, subject to certain conditions, for pharmacy professionals where they make an inadvertent dispensing error and (b) to modernise the system requirements for registered pharmacy premises and related matters. These measures, which form part of the first phase of a wider review, have been developed with the support of a representative, multi-disciplinary Programme Board.

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Why We Are Consulting

It is a legal requirement. Section 60 orders are subject to Parliamentary scrutiny through the affirmative resolution procedure. The requirement to consult is provided for in the Health Act 1999 (in paragraph 9 of Schedule 3).

What Happens Next

All responses will be read and considered. The Government response will set out how your comments and views shaped the final decisions taken.


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