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Volume: 4 Issue: 4
(April 2017)

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safety online primary care uk cqc brings forward inspection programme 3 march 2017 joint statement made four uk regulators

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Safety of online primary care in the UK: the CQC brings forward its inspection programme

On 3 March 2017, a joint statement was made by the four UK regulators: the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the General Medical Council (GMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which are respectively responsible for regulating healthcare, the medical and pharmaceutical professions, and medicines and medical devices. The joint statement reminds providers and healthcare professionals that they should follow professional guidelines to ensure online clinical and pharmaceutical services are provided safely and effectively to the general public. Dr Lincoln Tsang, a Partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, specialising in regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters concerning the life sciences sector, assesses the latest developments relating to the safety of online primary care in the UK and the CQCs move to bring forward a programme of inspections prioritising those services it considers as potentially presenting a significant risk to patients.

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