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Pharmacies could be given power to issue smartcards

By News team

Pharmacies are being invited to register their interest if they want to become a Registration Authority (RA) pilot and be given the power to process and issue electronic smartcards to NHS staff to access patient records.

Under the current system, primary care trusts have RA status as part of their governance arrangements.

But some PCTS have been unable to cope with the demand so the Department of Health is keen to invite non-NHS organisations to host the RA process as part of a national pilot.

According to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, pharmacy companies, pharmacy system suppliers and pharmacy organisations are all eligible to become an RA pilot site.

Information and guidance about the pilot is due to be published in February 2013. Anybody interested in registering an interest should email:

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11116068

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