1. Dispensing Medicines

Dispensing unlicensed specials or imports

In May 2020 the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) made some adjustments to the Drug Tariff to incorporate new arrangements in light of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

As a result, pharmacies are no longer required to submit copies of the Certificate of Conformity (COC) or Certificate of Analysis (COA) to the NHS England & Improvement team of the prescriber after dispensing unlicensed specials or imports not listed in Part VIIIB of the Drug Tariff (the ‘Specials Tariff’).

You are still required to keep the necessary records of unlicensed specials or imports you dispense, and retain any COCs and COAs obtained  for a period of five years.