Temporary approval of home use for both stages of early medical abortion

Temporary approval of women’s homes and the homes of registered medical practitioners as classes of place for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks.



The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has approved 2 temporary measures in England to limit the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and ensure continued access to early medical abortion services:

  • women and girls will be able to take both pills for early medical abortion up to 10 weeks in their own homes, without the need to first attend a hospital or clinic
  • registered medical practitioners (doctors) will be able to prescribe both pills for the treatment of early medical abortion up to 10 weeks from their own homes

This must be carried out in line with the criteria set out in the attached document.

This approval supersedes the approval of 27 December 2018.

This is a temporary approval in light of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Published 30 March 2020