PGDs are legal mechanisms that enable certain registered health professionals to supply/administer medicines to groups of patients with an identified clinical condition. They are used extensively in the NHS and play an important role in delivering the required capacity and enabling the effective delivery of services.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the DH are amending medicines legislation to:

  • Enable CCGs, local authorities and the NHS Commissioning Board to authorise PGDs from April 2013
  • Ensure that existing PGDs with an expiry date after 31 March 2013 will continue to be legal until the PGD either expires or is replaced

These changes will enable the continued use of PGDs in the new health system following the abolition of PCTs.

Organisations responsible for PGDs from April 2013 will need to put in place clear arrangements and a timetable for review and adoption/authorisation of all existing PGDs. Further advice and links to guidance for organisations and professionals developing and using PGDs – including guidance on transitional arrangements – is available on the NHS PGD website.