All EPS tokens must be submitted to the NHSBSA, unless:

  • the patient is age exempt 
  • the prescription contains free-of-charge (FOC) items only
  • the prescription has been confirmed as exempt by the RTEC system

Tokens are submitted for exemption checking purposes and for a record of the paid declaration made by patients.

Patients can sign either the prescribing or dispensing token, only the signed one needs to be submitted.

Tokens must be kept separate from the FP10 prescriptions when sending your end of month submission as they aren't processed.

Pharmacy First Service (PFS)

PFS tokens must be clearly separated within the batch and marked ‘PF CP’.

Schedule 2 and 3 CDs

Schedule 2 and 3 CDs
Exemptions Prescription contains a Schedule 2 or 3 CD Prescription does not contain a Schedule 2 or 3 CD

Age exempt

- is under 16 years of age

- is 60 years of age or over

Only contraceptives prescribed

Send 'signed Schedule 2 or 3 CD collected' token to NHSBSA Do not send token to NHSBSA
All other exemptions and prescription charge paid (including a mixture of contraceptives and non-contraceptives prescribed) Send 'signed Schedule 2 or 3 CD collected'/'signed exemption or charge paid' token to NHSBSA Send 'signed exemption or charge paid' signed token to NHSBSA
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