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Unit 01 - Code of Practice and NHS

​​​​​​Understanding the provision and promotion of prescription medicines within the NHS ​


This unit covers the functions of the National Health Service and the provision of medicines as it relates to pharmaceutical representatives; understanding of how the ABPI regulates the promotion of medicines through its Code of Practice, to ensure that pharmaceutical representatives comply with and maintain professio​nal standards. ​

You must ensure you are revising from the most up to date version of the Code of Practice available when sitting your exam.  The 2019​ Code of Practice can be found here, along with main changes from the 2016 Code (downloads automatically). For more information click here​.

The introduction and clauses 1-4 and 7-28 of the 2019 Code of Practice should be studied. The Supplementary information should be studied as well as the actual clauses of the Code.

Questions in this exam with regards to the Code of Practice should be answered according to the Code of Practice, rather than individual company policy.

Changes to the Code of Practice came into operation on 1 January 2019. From 01 May 2019, some questions will only be answerable from the 2019 Code of Practice.

Learning materials on NHS structure and function can be found here ​(you will need to be logged in). If there are any changes to the NHS before you take your Unit 1 exam a revised version will be sent to you by email approximately four weeks before you are booked to sit Unit 1.

​A useful video on the structure of the NHS produced by the King's Fund can be found here​.​

This unit is assessed by a multiple choice exam made up of 30 questions, lasting 30 minutes​.​ Passing it will gain you 5 credits.

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