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The Community Pharmacy Assurance Framework (CPAF) 2021-22 screening questionnaire will be available for completion from June 28 until July 24, the PSNC has said in an update to community pharmacy teams.

“Whilst this part of NHS England and NHS Improvement’s (NHSE&I) contract monitoring process did not run in 2020-21 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will run as normal for this financial year and has now become a mandatory requirement for all community pharmacy contractors,” the pharmacy regulator said.

Consistent with previous years, the 2021-22 questionnaire has 10 active questions on how contractors are meeting their contractual obligations. After the completion window closes and responses have been reviewed, NHSE&I will then select a small number of pharmacies to complete the full CPAF questionnaire and/or receive a monitoring visit.

The screening questionnaire will be run by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) who will send further information to contractors about the process via NHS mail.

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