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NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013: post-implementation review

Post-implementation report on the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013.



This report presents the results of the statutory post-implementation review of the NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013.

The review finds that the regulations have largely achieved the original policy objectives, which remain relevant and appropriate for the regulation of NHS pharmaceutical services in England. The review does, however, make recommendations to:

  • improve the consistency and operational application of the regulations
  • reduce the burden on business
  • realise opportunities to more effectively deliver against the policy objectives of the regulations

The review does not bring about or introduce any changes to the regulations. Any specific recommendations in this report that would require a change to the regulations will be subject to separate consultation.

A further review of the regulations will be published by 31 March 2023.

Published 29 March 2018