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NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) Medicines Data Directions 2019

A Direction given by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to requiring NHS Digital to establish and operate a system for the collection of patient identifiable primary care prescribing and dispensing data from the NHS Business Services Authority.


The purpose is to deliver comprehensive data about medicines dispensed or supplied, as currently held by the NHSBSA, and drive the linkage of medicines data with other data sets to provide intelligence about the safety and effectiveness of medicines.

This Direction replaces the Medication Safety Data Collection and Analysis Direction (No. 2) 2018 issued on 9 July 2018.

Legal basis

These Directions are given in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 254(1), and (6), 260(2)(d), 261(2)(e), and 304(9), (10), (11) and (12)(a)(v) of the Health and Social Care Act 20121 (the Act).

The direction came into force on 9 August 2019.

Learn more about this Direction

Last edited: 28 January 2020 4:10 pm