Serious Shortages Protocol (SSP)

Serious Shortages Protocol

  • An alternative quantity, formulation or strength
  • A generic equivalent
  • A therapeutic equivalent. In this case the prescriber must be notified.

When a SSP is announced it will be published on the NHSBSA website.


Further information can be found on the PSNC website.


For information regarding Wales please see Community Pharmacy Wales.

Northern Ireland

Please note the NCOS/SSP endorsement is not used in Northern Ireland. Please refer to the BSO SSP page for endorsement guidance.


Community Pharmacy Scotland provide guidance and information on SSP here.

Endorsing SSP Using the New Dispenser Endorsement


For anyone on older versions of Proscript please use the following guides:

Dispensing a paper Prescription under SSP Dispensing a EPS Prescription under SSP