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ePACT to be decommissioned in June 2018

The technology which underpins ePACT is no longer supported and we will decommission the system in June 2018.
Unfortunately, if there is a catastrophic system failure in the meantime we won’t be able to restore the service. To make sure you can still access the data you need if this happens, we recommend that you start to use the new ePACT2 system as soon as possible. This will also ensure that the transition to ePACT2 in June is as seamless as possible for you.

Learn how to gain access to ePACT2

View information on ePACT2 training

ePACT is an online application which gives authorised users access to 60 months of prescription data.

Users can access real time online analyses of prescribing data, 6 weeks after the dispensing month, held on NHS Prescription Services’ database.

ePACT is only accessible on the N3 network.

Log in to ePACT



To access ePACT you need to complete a registration form.

Who ePACT is available to

ePACT is available to:

  • Hospital Trusts
  • Mental Health Trusts
  • Primary Care Organisations (PCOs)
  • Area Teams
  • agencies acting on behalf of the NHS 

ePACT is also available to National Users including:

  • Department of Health (DH)
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
  • Care Quality Commission
  • NHS Digital

National users have an option to switch between FP10 NHS prescribing or Private Controlled Drug prescribing at PCO, Area Team and National level. National users will need to apply for access, in the first instance, by contacting us.

What ePACT can provide

Levels of access include:

  • prescriber, practice, & PCO level for PCO users
  • PCO and Area Team level for Area Team and National users
  • specialty for Trust users

Data can be selected according to:

  • reporting period, such as, month, quarter, year
  • prescribing organisation, for example, practice, PCO, Area Team
  • BNF classification (chapter to presentation level)

The data produced can include:

  • budgets and expenditure forecasts
  • costs and volumes of prescribing
  • costs and volumes of repeat dispensing
  • prescribing totals by prescribers at all BNF levels
  • prescribing from non-medical prescribers 
  • patient list sizes
  • average Daily Quantities and Defined Daily Doses
  • prescribing On Behalf Of PCO/Practice
  • dispensing contractor name and address
  • costs for Out of Hours care providers

A 'tagging' facility for specific requests is available. The selection of data can be grouped by specific practices - for example rural, dispensing, locality or specific BNF categories such as practice formulary, specialist drugs.

BNF tags can be shared between users - for example, to assist in the monitoring of formularies within a PCO. A set of pre-defined BNF tags are provided and users can also create and save their own tags.

Practice prescribing can be analysed comparatively using a variety of patient denominators such as:

  • patient
  • Prescribing Unit (PU)
  • ASTRO PU - Age, Sex and Temporary Resident Originated Prescribing Unit
  • STAR PU - Specific Therapeutic group Age-sex Related Prescribing Units 

Query results can be saved to disk or exported to other PC applications.


ePACT downloader

ePACT downloader is the most efficient method of obtaining and manipulating large volumes of ePACT data. This allows prescribing advisors to produce complex prescribing reports, detailing prescribing by practices for a wide range of therapeutic areas. Users can defer the processing of large queries and view the results when convenient.

An N3 network connection is required. It is not available to Trusts.

Log in to ePACT downloader

Java Issue:

ePACT currently operates on Java version 1.6. Users operating Java version 1.8 will be unable to access the epact system.

Due to the review of ePACT no updates are currently taking place, the system will not be updated to operate alongside Java 1.8

If your organisation is operating Java version 1.8, we would recommend a separate machine is maintained running Java version 1.6.


Information Services welcomes feedback to help further develop the service. You can do this by contacting us.