This is an announcement on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).
From December 2020, there has been a suspension of the requirement for community pharmacies to submit certain EPS tokens. From this date pharmacy contractors must continue to submit only EPS tokens related to Serious Shortages Protocols (SSPs) to facilitate payment. This suspension was initially put in place until 31 March 2021, however, it has now been extended until 30 June 2021 to coincide with the extension to the temporary suspension of the requirement for patient signatures on prescription forms.
However, pharmacy contractors are advised that these suspensions will be kept under review and may be:
- extended, if there continues to be a cross infection risk
- removed, as soon as it is deemed safe for patients to resume signing forms
If there is any change it will be published on our website.