Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation: Two Draft Section 60 Orders

Closed 11 Sep 2018

Opened 19 Jun 2018


The Health Departments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are committed to delivering a modern approach to healthcare regulation, which promotes patient safety whilst supporting health professionals and the development of quality systems. In line with this, and with broader developments in the delivery of healthcare, the opportunity has been taken to examine the different systems underpinning the regulation of pharmacy.

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:

  • the draft Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors - Hospitals and Other Pharmacy Services) Order 2018 and;
  • the draft Pharmacy (Responsible Pharmacists, Superintendent Pharmacists etc.) Order 2018.

Please read the consultation document and two draft Orders before responding to this consultion. These documents are available at:

The consultation will run for 12 weeks and close at 23:59 on 11 September 2018.  You will be asked a series of questions and required to input your responses either by clicking the corresponding button or by typing in responses where this is appropriate.

What Happens Next

Following the closing date of this consultation, responses will be analysed and the Government will publish a response to the consultation within 12 weeks of the consultation, or provide an explanation as to why this is not possible. The consultation response will set out the main findings resulting from the consultation.



  • Voluntary groups
  • Community groups
  • Advocacy or support organisations
  • Managers
  • Pharmacists
  • NHS staff
  • Providers of NHS clinical services
  • Foundation Trusts
  • NHS Commissioning Board
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • NHS patient safety leads
  • clinical staff
  • patient groups and patient advocates
  • Regulatory body
  • Academic/ Professional institution
  • Employer representatives
  • Employee representatives
  • Trade union
  • Deaneries
  • Higher Education institutions
  • Royal Colleges
  • Members of the public
  • Patients
  • individuals and families with experience of clinical investigations
  • Patients
  • Service users
  • Retailers


  • Public health
  • Health protection
  • Health improvement
  • Prevention
  • Primary care
  • End of life care
  • Patient safety
  • Patient care
  • Clinical investigations
  • Clinical negligence
  • Quality improvement
  • NHS staff