The NHSBSA is currently checking if Distance Selling Pharmacies are operating without a fully-compliant DSP website.
Why you need to have a Distance Selling Pharmacy (DSP) website
Back on the 5th January, 2021, we released an article called “Distance Selling Pharmacy Websites – What the New Regulations Mean For You”. That article takes you through exactly what the GPhC regulations mean for DSPs.
Essentially, if you want to run a licensed DSP, you need to have a website, and it needs to fulfil a specific set of criteria. If you need the details, check out the article.
The NHSBSA Check-up
The Pharmacy Provider Assurance Team, part of NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), are in the process of requesting Distance Selling Pharmacies provide them with proof (e.g., a working link to their website) that they are operating with a compliant website.
What this means is you cannot simply get away with not having a website. There are ongoing checks, and these are regulations. So ultimately, you’ll face regulatory action if you aren’t compliant.
How do I create a DSP Website?
Creating a DSP Website is no longer as simple as using a website builder to create a basic website. Since the changes in regulations by the NHS, you need to create a website that adheres to their professional standards. To create a compliant Distance Selling Pharmacy, use our Distance Selling Pharmacy Websites – What the New Regulations Mean For You article as a reference. If you’re building the website by yourself, you can use it to make sure you include every element you need to be compliant.
Outsourcing Website Design
Of course, you might want to leave the website design to the professionals. Pharmacy Mentor work with Rushport Advisory, creating fully-compliant Distance Selling Pharmacy websites for your pharmacy. With our websites, you’re safe in the knowledge that you will pass any NHS auditing of your site.
You don’t want to pay for a website only to find out it isn’t compliant. You’ll have to pay for more development, or worse yet, a whole new website.
Pharmacy Mentor websites are yours to own from Day 1 (some web providers simply rent you their software and it doesn’t belong to your business) and feature everything you need to pass any NHS audit.
Setting up a Distance Selling Pharmacy?
If you’re simply in the process of setting up your Distance Selling Pharmacy, and you’re reading this to understand what you need to do in future? Check out How to Setup a Distance Selling Pharmacy in England. It’s a comprehensive breakdown of all the steps you need to take to set up.
Have any questions about this article? Want us to build a fully-compliant DSP website for you? Get in touch using our contact page.