1.In its letter to the Department of 3 March 2021, the Committee requested a memorandum on the following point:
Explain the reasons for the commencement date and the expiry date.
2.The Department’s response to the Committee’s point is as follows.
3.The instrument was laid in the UK Parliament and the Scottish Parliament on 14 January 2021. The instrument came into force on 4 March 2021 to reflect the need to lay negative procedure instruments before the Scottish Parliament for at least 40 days before they come into force.
4.In accordance with article 66(3) of the Pharmacy Order 2010 (S.I. 2010/231) the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) consulted on the rules introduced by this instrument, indicating that they would only remain in place until the beginning of May 2021 which is why they expire at the end of 1 May 2021. The GPhC have indicated that they intend to use the short period during which the instrument is in place to assess the impact of the rules with a view to introducing new rules later in the year if appropriate.
Department of Health and Social Care
9 March 2021