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Community Pharmacy Information Standard

The community pharmacy standard supports information sharing between community pharmacists and GP practices

About this standard

NHS England
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Active standards are stable, maintained and have been assured or endorsed for use by qualified bodies.

Standards in development are APIs or API standards in alpha or beta, meaning they are available for use but are still in progress and may change.

Deprecated standards are older versions of a standard which are being phased out.

Retired standards are not being maintained and should not be used.

Standard type
  • Record standards
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Record standards define what information to collect and how to format it, for example when registering a new patient.

Data definitions and terminologies define the format of individual data items so they can be consistently represented, for example dates or medication names. Reference sets and controlled lists are also included.

Technical standards and specifications specify how to make information available technically including how the data is structured and transported.

Information codes of practice are legal or best practice guidelines on how information should be handled.

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Topics and care settings

  • Referrals
  • Demographics
  • Key care information
  • Prescribing
  • Dispensing
  • Vaccination
  • Patient communication
  • Information governance
  • Tests and diagnostics
Care setting
  • Community health
  • Pharmacy
  • GP / Primary care

Dependencies and related standards


This standard needs to be reviewed and implemented alongside SNOMED CT, FHIR and electronic systems both ends

Related standards

This standard also aims to consolidate the previous six uses of Pharmacy Information Flows standards.

Assurance and endorsements

Reference code for standards issued as requirements in England
Quality assurance

This standard has been clinically, professionally and technically assured by the Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB).


The Community Pharmacy Standard has been endorsed by the following organisations:

  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
  • Faculty of Public Health
  • United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association
  • National Pharmacy Association
  • Company Chemist Association
  • Association of Independent Multiples Pharmacies

Page last updated: 06 October 2023