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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. Download the ODS Code Request Form.
  2. Complete the form with your organisation details.
  3. In Section 7 tick “Medicines only to be used for DHSC quarterly data collection”.
  4. Email the completed form to the ODS Team via

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

Submission deadlines

Products Data period Collection opens Deadline
Generic medicines April to June 1 July 2019 29 July 2019
July to September 1 October 2019 28 October 2019
October to December 2 January 2020 28 January 2020
January to March  1 April 2020 28 April 2020
April to June 1 July 2020 28 July 2020
Special medicinal products May to July  1 August 2019 28 August 2019
August to October  1 November 2019 28 November 2019
November to January  3 February 2020 28 February 2020
February to April  1 May 2020 28 May 2020
May to July  3 August 2020 28 August 2020

SDCS guidance

Collection Guidance

Last edited: 6 November 2019 1:02 pm