The Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS) is responsible for advising on the prescribing of foodstuffs and toiletries.
Role of group
The ACBS is responsible for advising the NHS on the prescribing of foodstuffs and toiletries which are specially formulated for use by people with medical conditions.
Borderline substances are mainly foodstuffs, such as enteral feeds and foods but also include some toiletries, such as sun blocks for use by people with conditions such as photodermatosis.
- Dr Ian R White, Chair (Consultant Dermatologist)
- Dr James R Courtney (General Practitioner)
- Dr Andrea Hilton (Pharmacist)
- Professor Stephen Jackson (Professor of Clinical Gerontology)
- Ms Una Cuthbert (Prescribing Support Dietitian)
- Ms Vanessa Shaw (Head of Dietetics)
- Ms Vera Todorovic (Consultant Dietitian in Clinical Nutrition)
- Ms Emily Walters (Dietician)
- Mr Stuart Lakin (Pharmacist - Head of Medicines Management)
- Stephen Lewis (Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist)
- Ms Emma Emmerson (Dietician – Nutrition and Dietetic Service Lead)
- Dr Amit Arora (Consultant Physician/Geriatrician)
- Ms Rosemary Stennett (Medicines Management Dietitian)
- 13 November 2018 (closing date for submissions: 18 September 2018)
- 19 March 2019 (closing date for submissions: 22 January 2019)
- 16 July 2019 (closing date for submissions: 21 May 2019)
- 19 November 2019 (closing date for submissions: 24 September 2019)
Changes to the application process
Please note when submitting Type 1 and Type 2 applications, you are only required to send 6 copies of the application summary form and 6 copies of the application to the ACBS Secretariat. This change is effective from 26 June 2017.
There are no changes to the process for Type 3 applications. You should follow the guidance outlined in the application forms as usual.
How to submit an application for ACBS approval
Guidance and forms for submitting applications are available here.
Terms of reference
The ACBS has 1 distinct function:
- to advise GPs when they can prescribe non-medicinal products such as foods which are specially formulated for use by people with medical conditions. ACBS advice takes the form of its ‘recommended list’ which is published as Part XV of the Drug Tariff. The information is also available in the British National Formulary (BNF).
ACBS Secretariat address
Department of Health and Social Care