Important PSNC IG Update on Business Continuity

NHS England has today confirmed that community pharmacies will be granted an exemption from the business continuity requirements within the Information Governance (IG) Toolkit. The exemption will apply for 2014/15, but not for next year.

PSNC had been pressing for this exemption and hopes it will now be more straightforward for pharmacies to meet their IG requirements this year.

Contractors will recall that the deadline for completion of the IG Toolkit for 2014/15 is 31st March 2015. Contractors will still need to complete the rest of the Toolkit by this deadline.

PSNC has produced guidance on completion of the Toolkit which is available at This includes frequently asked questions and a template business continuity plan which contractors may like to use in spite of the exemption in line with good business practice.