Invitation to comment on consultations currently open

14, Nov 2019 UKCPA Updates

Please find below list of consultations (NICE and other bodies) relevant to pharmacy, which have been assessed by the RPS and UKCPA and are currently inviting comments.

RPS Ref 4636 Venous thromboembolic diseases: diagnosis, management and thrombophilia testing (2019) NICE is asking for comments on the new and updated recommendations in this draft guideline, which covers diagnosing and managing venous thromboembolic diseases in adults. It aims to support quick diagnosis and effective treatment for people who develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE). It also covers testing for conditions that can make a DVT or PE more likely, such as thrombophilia (a blood clotting disorder) and cancer. NICE deadline 24/12/2019

RPS Ref 4635 Meningitis (bacterial) and meningococcal septicaemia: recognition, diagnosis and management – draft scope consultation NICE is asking for comments on the draft scope of this guideline. This guideline will update the NICE guideline on meningitis (bacterial) and meningococcal septicaemia in under 16s. The guideline will be extended to cover young people up to age 18. NICE deadline 24/12/2019

RPS Ref 4634 Insect bites and stings: antimicrobial prescribing NICE is asking for comments on this draft guideline, which sets out an antimicrobial prescribing strategy for insect bites and stings. It aims to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance. NICE deadline 20/12/2019

RPS Ref 4633 Remote consultations and prescribing by telephone, video-link or online: Call for evidence The GMC has issued a call for evidence from organisations and individuals with relevant expertise to share their experiences, views, data and insights about remote consultations and prescribing via telephone, video-link or online. This is to maintain patient safety and the GMC is looking at their Good practice in remote prescribing to ensure that it allows patient access to medicines without compromising safety. GMC deadline 18/02/2020

RPS Ref 4632 NHSmail shared mailbox naming survey NHS Digital is asking for feedback from users within pharmacy, dentistry and social care on the use of shared mailboxes and their naming conventions to feed into their review of shared mailbox naming. Responses are to be given in the form of an online survey. NHS Digital deadline 16/12/2019

RPS ref 4631 Amendment to addition of vitamins, minerals and other substances regulations The Welsh Government is asking for views on the proposal to amend the Addition of Vitamins, Minerals and Other Substances (Wales) Regulations 2007. These amendments are to include a provision for Article 8 on the prohibition or restriction of substances listed in Part A or B of Annex III of Regulation (EC) No 1925/2006 and to extend the offences and penalties of the regulations to cover part A and B of annex III. Welsh Government deadline 23/12/2019

RPS ref 4629 Heavy menstrual bleeding – quality standard NICE is asking for comments on the draft quality standard, which updates the existing quality standard on heavy menstrual bleeding, and looks at detailed history taking, outpatient investigations and treatment options.  NICE deadline 16/12/2019

RPS ref 4627 Ending the sale of energy drinks to children and young people The Scottish Government is seeking views on whether there is a need to take mandatory action to ban the sale of energy drinks to children and young people. This is to help reduce the overconsumption of these drinks and the health harms associated with that. Scottish Government deadline 04/02/2020

RPS ref 4623 Managing fitness to practise concerns in education and training: have your say The GPhC wants to hear your views on the changes they are proposing to make to their guidance on managing fitness to practise concerns in education and training. They have updated their guidance and now want to hear feedback from education and training providers, students and trainees and any other organisations or individuals with an interest in this area. GPhC deadline 18/12/2019

Should you wish to comment on any of the above, please send your response at least 1 WEEK prior the deadline date given above to Sarah Carter ( This will ensure that all responses can be collated, endorsed by the RPS where appropriate, and submitted to the relevant consulting body by their deadline.