Market Entry Application Forms
Online Market Entry Applications
In a digital-age, we provide you with a more efficient way to submit and track your applications. PCSE Online is a web-based option for submitting Market Entry applications. The pharmaceutical community can:
PCSE Online requires mandatory fields to be completed and presents error messages for missing information and prevents submission until all required fields are completed.
Applicants will log into PCSE Online, using their email address and unique password to access the secure platform.
All Market Entry forms are available in the simple to use online system, which will present the applicant options based on the current ownership status – Body Corporate, Partnership or Sole Trader.
Whether the applicant is a Body Corporate adding additional premises or making a change to director(s), or a Sole trader setting up new premises or making a change to current service provision, the new online system will guide you through the correct application process.
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Download the application and Fitness to Practise forms here.
Why go electronic?
Fitness information to be provided when applying for inclusion in a pharmaceutical list for the first time.
Annex 43: Request for an extension to the time within which to submit a notice of commencement
Submitting your paper application
Follow these steps to submitting your paper application for Market Entry.
Paper application forms for Market Entry and Fitness to Practise Applications can be downloaded here.
Alternatively, visit the NHS England website if you wish to download forms to:
Once you have completed your form, applications should be sent, by post or email, to PCSE with any relevant application fee made payable to NHS Commissioning Board.
Further information about the cost of different applications can be found here.
Post: Primary Care Support England, PO Box 350, Darlington, DL1 9QN
Our Market Entry team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. We will check your form has been completed properly and the correct fee is attached (where applicable) and will contact you if any information is missing.
We will then refer your Application to NHS England for their initial decisions regarding Deferral, acceptable Best Estimates and to approve any Interested Parties to be notified of the Application.
Where required we will notify Interested Parties of your application and allow 45 days for representations to be made.
We will then circulate any representations for a further 14 days for comments.
We then forward the application and accompanying information to NHSE to make a decision on the application.
Once NHS England informs us of the decision we will communicate that to the applicant by email or letter and any Interested Parties confirming any right of appeal and how to make an appeal.
The NHS (Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2013, require NHS England to endeavour to determine an application as soon as is practicable, and unless consideration is deferred or there is good cause for the delay:
Notifiable applications are those offering:
To meet current or future needs that are included in the relevant pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA), to secure current or future needs that are included in the relevant PNA, and unforeseen benefits.
They also include relocations that do not result in significant change, distance selling premises, combined changes of ownership and relocations that do not result in significant change, and consolidation applications.
The four month or 30-day clock starts on receipt of the application. It stops if missing information and/or documentation is requested and only restarts once that has been provided, or where an applicant successfully requests a review of the requirement to provide missing information and/or documentation. The clock will also stop where NHS England decides to defer the application, for example on fitness grounds or where it decides to undertake a controlled locality determination in connection with the application.
NHS England may take longer to determine an application where there is a delay in third parties providing information, for example referees fail to respond to a request for a reference.
Good to know
The following applications are processed by NHS England regional teams, rather than PCSE.
Please contact your relevant regional team for enquiries or further information about:
Reduce your carbon footprint
Electronic forms mean less paper and no need for postage and transportation
Immediate submission in a secure system
Reduce missing information
Mandatory fields in the online form ensure required information is captured
Check application progress online 24/7