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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 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.

The PMCPA have announced that the updated ABPI Code of Practice for the Pharmaceutical Industry for 2021 has been approved by the Board. This will come into effect from July 2021.
During this transition period, all Unit 1 Questions on the Code of Practice will be compatible with both the 2019 and 2021 published versions
During this period, it should not matter whether candidates have read the 2019 or 2021 version, all questions will be answerable from either version.

From 01 July 2021, some questions will only be answerable from the 2021 Code of Practice on the new provisions of the 2021 Code.

The PDF of the 2021 version of the Code of Practice, the PMCPA Guide to the Code, and a PowerPoint summary of the changes from the previous version can be downloaded from the PMCPA website here. We will update these links as more information becomes available.

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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