Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances
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 Clare Soulsby (Principal Dietitian)
- Ms Vera Todorovic (Consultant Dietitian in Clinical Nutrition)
- Mr Richard Wilson (Director of Nutrition and Dietetics)
- 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)
- 18 July 2017 (closing date for submissions: 23 May 2017)
- 14 November 2017 (closing date for submissions: 19 September 2017)
Type 1 and 2 applications
There will be no meeting in March 2017, so applications for new borderline substances to the ACBS have been temporarily suspended until 1 May 2017, prior to the closing date for the receipt of submissions to the July meeting.
Type 3 applications
Type 3 applications are not suspended. Please submit these as normal but using the new secretariat details below.
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).
New ACBS secretariat
Medicines Regulation & Prescribing
Medicines & Pharmacy Directorate
Department of Health