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Generic medicines and special medicinal products (quarterly information)

Frequency: Quarterly

Background to the collection

On 1 July, the Health Service Products (Provision and Disclosure of Information) Regulations 2018 entered into force. As part of this new legislation, manufacturers, importers and wholesalers of generic medicines and special medicinal products are required to provide the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), every quarter, with information about their purchases and/or NHS sales of generic medicines and special medicinal products.

To participate in this collection your organisation will require an ODS Code.
Please follow the steps below to request a new code, or to confirm your existing code. If you already have a code you still need to follow this process.

  1. open the Organisation Code request form
  2. complete the form with your organisation details
  3. tick “Medicines only to be used for DHSC quarterly data collection” for the "Service your organisation provides" question
  4. send the completed form

After processing your form, the ODS team will notify our Data Collections team of your organisation details and contact information.

Submission deadlines


Data period Submission start date Submission end date
January 2020 to March 2020 1 April 2020 28 April 2020
April 2020 to June 2020 1 July 2020 28 July 2020
July 2020 to September 2020 1 October 2020 28 October 2020
October 2020 to December 2020 31 December 2020  29 January 2021


Data period Submission start date Submission end date
February 2020 to April 2020 1 May 2020 28 May 2020
May 2020 to July 2020 3 August 2020  28 August 2020
August 2020 to October 2020 2 November 2020 30 November 2020
November 2020 to January 2021 1 February 2021 1 March 2021

SDCS guidance

Collection Guidance

Last edited: 30 December 2020 1:08 pm