Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) - Prescribing

TypeInteroperability Standard
Effective Date 


EPS allows prescribers (like GP Systems) to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser (such as a pharmacy) of the patient's choice. This makes the prescribing and dispensing process more efficient and convenient for patients and staff. Please access the EPS landing page on NHS Digital's website for further information. 


Applicable SuppliersRequirementLevel
Suppliers of new services or applications (i.e. those which are NOT currently deployed into an operational environment)

EPS Prescribing Systems Compliance Specification v6.11 (Document reference NPFIT-ETP-EDB-0025)

Suppliers of services which ARE currently deployed into an operational environment, and have an existing PDS compliance.

GPSoC CCN057 and EPS Prescribing Systems Compliance Specification v6.0, or a later version.

EPS Prescribing Systems Compliance Specification v6.11 (Document reference NPFIT-ETP-EDB-0025) Requirement 6.4.4 onlyMUST

All suppliers are encouraged to work towards compliance with the latest version as above.

Compliance and Assurance

To gain access to EPS suppliers follow the Common Assurance Process (CAP). CAP is an end-to-end assurance process, which involves a tailored (CAP) approach being developed which states what deliverable and activities are conducted.

As part of the CAP suppliers will be asked to demonstrate adherence to the following specifications:

These specifications contain a set of generic requirements applicable to all systems seeking compliance to a business domain. Compliance with these specifications is mandatory and established through the CAP.

For advice, access to the documentation, and support from the NHS Business Partners programme, please contact businesspartners@nhs.netor visit https://digital.nhs.uk/services/nhs-business-partners


Testing services can be accessed via the NHS Digital Solutions Assurance Team.


EPS is a national service provided by NHS Digital as part of the Spine infrastructure. It therefore is supported on all of the Path to Live (PTL) environments.


Developer resources are available at the Developer resources for the Electronic Prescription Service.


Creating a compliant implementation requires implementing the following dependent interface standards:

*May be sourced indirectly by existing PDS interface provided by PIM Solution, either via API to PIM Solution, or as a shared application resource if delivered as part of the same Solution.