ABHI - Association of the British Healthcare Industries

ACD - Appraisal Consultation Document

ADR - Adverse Drug Reaction

ADTC - Area Drug and Therapeutics Committee (Scotland)

AE - Adverse Event

AESGP - Association of the European Self Medication Industry

AGNSS - Advisory Group for National Specialised Services

AHSC - Academic Health Science Centre

AL - Adaptive Licensing

AMRC - Association of the Medical Research Charities

AMS - Academy of Medical Sciences

ANSN - Academic Health Science Network

APG - American Pharmaceutical Group

APPG - All Party Parliamentary Group/All Party Pharmacy Group

AQF - Annual Quality Framework (Health – Wales)

AQP - Any Qualified Provider

AWCG - All Wales Cancer Drugs Group (supports the AWMSG)

AWMSG - All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (HTA body for Wales)

AWPAG - All Wales Prescribing Advisory Group (subgroup of AWMSG)


BAEPD - British Association of European Pharmaceutical Distributors

BAPW - British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers

BBSRC - Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

BGMA - British Generic Manufacturers Association

BHBIA - British Healthcare Business Intelligence Association

BIA - BioIndustry Association

BIG - Bioindustrial Innovation and Growth Team (BIS subgroup)

BIS - Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

BIVDA - British In Vitro Diagnostics Association

BMA - British Medical Association

BNF - British National Formulary

BNFC - British National Formulary for Children

BPG - British Pharma Group


CAMHS - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

CBI - The Confederation of British Industry

CCG - Cancer Campaigning Group/Clinical Commissioning Group

CD - Controlled Drugs

CHC - Community Health Council (Wales)

CHM - Commission on Human Medicines

CHMP - Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use

CLA - Copyright Licensing Agency

CMO - Chief Medical Officer

CMU - Commercial Medicines Unit

COF - Commissioning Outcomes Framework - NICE

COMP - Committee for Orphan Medicinal Products

CoP - Code of Practice (see PMCPA)

CPA - Chief Pharmaceutical Advisor (Wales)

CPO - Chief Pharmaceutical Officer (Scotland)

CPRD - Clinical Practice Research Datalink

CQC - Care Quality Commission (regulates adult social care services)

CQUIN - Commissioning for Quality and Innovation

CRG - Clinical Reference Group

CRN - Clinical Research Network

CRUK - Cancer Research UK

CSA - Chief Scientific Adviser (to the Prime Minister)

CSO - Commissioning Support Organisation

CSR - Clinical Study Report

CSS - Commissioning Support Service

CSU - Commissioning Support Unit

CTA - Clinical Trial Authorisation

CTD - Clinical Trials Directive

CTD - Common Technical Document (for regulatory submissions)

CTR - Clinical Trials Regulation


D&TC - Drug and Therapeutics Committee

DEFRA - Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs

DH/DoH - Department of Health

DHSS - Department of Health and Social Services (Wales only)

DHSSPS - Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

DSU - Decision Support Unit, NICE

DSUR - Developmental Safety Update Report

DTC - Direct-to-Consumer

DTCA - Direct-to-Consumer Advertising

DTP - Direct to Pharmacy/Direct to Public


EA - Environment Agency

EAMS - Early Access to Medicines Scheme

ECMC - Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre Network

EFPIA - European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations

EGA - European Generic Medicines Association

EHR - Electronic Health Record

EMA - European Medicines Agency

EMC - Electronic Medicines Compendium

EMG - European Medicines Group

EMIG - Ethical Medicines Industry Group

EMR - Electronic Medical Record

EPR - Electronic Patient Record

EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

ERG - Evidence Review Groups

ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council

EuropaBio - European Association for Bioindustries


FAD - Final Appraisal Determination

FDA - Food & Drug Administration (The US licensing authority)

FH - Foundation Hospital

FIH - First in Human (regarding clinical studies)

FIM - First in Man (regarding clinical studies)

FMD - Falsified Medicines Directive

FOI - Freedom of Information

FPM - Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine


GAVI - Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation

GCP - Good Clinical Practice

GDG - Guideline Development Group

GDP - Good Distribution Practice

GIRP - European Association of the Pharmaceutical Full-Line Wholesalers

GLP - Good Laboratory Practice

GMC - General Medical Council

GMP - Good Manufacturing Practice

GMS - General Medical Services

GPC - General Practitioners Committee (part of the BMA)

GPhC - General Pharmaceutical Council

GVP - Good Vigilance (pharmacovigilance) Practice


HCP - Healthcare Professional

HEAT targets - Health Improvement, Efficiency, Access and Treatment

HES - Hospital Episode Statistics

HFEA - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

HiS - Healthcare Improvement Scotland

HPA - Health Protection Agency

HRA - Health Research Authority

HRG - Healthcare Resource Group

HRSS - Health Research Support Service

HSC - Health and Social Care (Northern Ireland)

HSCB - Health and Social Care Board (Northern Ireland)

HSCIC - Health and Social Care Information Centre

HSE - Health Survey for England/Health and Safety Executive

HTA - Health Technology Assessment

HTA - Human Tissue Authority


IAPO - International Association of Patients’ Organisations

ICD-10 - International Classification of Diseases

ICER - Incremental Cost-Effectiveness Ratio

ICH - International Conference on Harmonisation

IFPMA - International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations

IP - Intellectual Property

IVF - In Vitro Fertilisation


JCVI - Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

JPG - Japanese Pharmaceutical Group

JPMA - Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association

JV - Joint Venture


LCGs - Local Commissioning Groups (Northern Ireland)

LCNDG - London Cancer New Drugs Group

LCRN - Local Clinical Research Network

LEPs - Local Enterprise Partnerships

LES - Local Enhanced Service (part of Quality & Outcomes Framework)

LHB - Local Health Board (Wales)

LNDG - London New Drugs Group

LPC - Local Pharmaceutical Committee

LSIDB - Life Sciences Innovation Delivery Board

LSIO - Life Science Investment Organisation

LSUK - Life Sciences UK

LTCAS - Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland


M&TC - Medicines and Therapeutics Committee (Wales)

MA - Marketing Authorisation

MAA - Marketing Authorisation Application

MAG - Medicines Access Group

MAPPs - Medicines Adaptive Pathways to Patients

MDT - Multi-Disciplinary Team

MHRA - Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

MISG - Ministerial Industry Strategy Group

MMF - Medicines Management Forum (N. Ireland)

MMIT - Medicines Management Information Team (N. Ireland)

MMPB - Medicines Management Programme Board (Wales)

MMR - Measles, Mumps and Rubella combined vaccine

MMTSG - Ministerial Medical Technology Strategy Group

MPIG - Medicines, Pharmacy and Industry Group

MRC - Medical Research Council


NAB - National Advisory Board (Wales)

NAO - National Audit Office

NAPC - National Association of Primary Care

NC3Rs - National Centre for the Reduction, Refinement and Replacement of Animals in Research

NCAS - National Clinical Assessment Service

NCASP - National Clinical Audit Support Programme

NCDG - New Cardiovascular Drugs Group (Wales)

NCRI - National Cancer Research Institute

NDA - National Diabetes Audit

NDA - New Drug Application

NDC - New Drugs Committee/National Drug Code

NDG - National Delivery Group (Wales)

NES - NHS Education for Scotland

NHS - National Health Service

NHS IC - NHS Information Centre

NHS LA - NHS Litigation Authority

NHS QIS - NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (Scotland)

NHS Scotland - National Health Service in Scotland

NHSBT - NHS Blood and Transplant

NHSC - National Horizon Scanning Centre

NHSCB - NHS Commissioning Board

NHSE - NHS England

NHSFT - NHS Foundation Trust

NICaN - Northern Ireland Cancer Network

NICE - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

NIHR - National Institute for Health Research

NIHR CRN - National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network

NIII - National Institute for Innovation and Improvement

NISCHR - National Institute for Social Care and Health Research (Wales)

NLIAH - National Leadership and Innovation Agency for Healthcare (Wales)

NMG - New Medicines Group

NOCRI - National Office for Clinical Research Infrastructure

NPA - National Pharmacy Association

NPC - National Prescribing Centre

NPSA - National Patient Safety Agency

NRES - National Research Ethics Service

NRS - NHS Research Scotland

NRS Permissions CC - NHS Research Scotland Permissions Coordinating Centre

NSCG - National Specialised Commissioning Group

NSF - National Service Framework

NTA - National Treatment Agency


ODIG - Orphan Diseases Industry Group

OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

OFT - Office of Fair Trading

OHE - Office of Health Economics

OLS - Office for Life Sciences

ONS - Office for National Statistics

OSCHR - Office for the Strategic Coordination of Health Research

OTC - Over-the-counter (medicines)


PACT - Prescription Analysis and Cost Tabulation

PAGB - Proprietary Association of Great Britain

PALS - Patient Advice and Liaison Service

PAPIG - Patient and Public Involvement Group

PAS - Patient Access Scheme

PASAG - Patient Access Scheme Assessment Group (Scotland)

PASLU - Patient Access Schemes Liaison Unit

PBC - Practice-Based Commissioning

PbR - Payment by Results

PCA - Prescription Cost Analysis

PCC - Patient and Client Council (Northern Ireland)

PCP - Primary Care Partnerships (Northern Ireland)

PCT - Primary Care Trust

PFA - Priorities For Action (Northern Ireland)

PHA - Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland)

PHE - Public Health England

PhRMA - Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America

PIE - Pharmaceuticals in the Environment

PIL - Patient Information Leaflet

PISB - Pharmaceutical Industry Sector Board

PMCPA - Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority

POM - Prescription Only Medicine

PPRS - Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme

PSNC - Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

PSP - Patient Support Programme

PSU - Prescribing Support Unit

PSUR - Periodic Safety Update Report

PV - Pharmacovigilance


QALY - Quality-adjusted life year

QIPP - Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention

QMAS - Quality Management Analysis System

QOF - Quality Outcomes Framework

QOL - Quality of Life

QS - Quality Standards


R&D - Research & Development

RCGP - Royal College of General Practitioners

RCN - Royal College of Nursing

RCO - Royal College Ophthalmologists

RCOG - Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

RCP - Royal College of Physicians

RCPCH - Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

RCS - Royal College of Surgeons

RCUK - Research Councils UK

REACH - European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

RMP - Risk Management Plan

RPS - Royal Pharmaceutical Society

RSM - Royal Society of Medicine


SAIL - Secure Anonymised Information Linkage Databank (Wales)

SCG - Specialised Commissioning Group

SHIP - ScottisH Informatics Programme (Scotland)

SHTG - Scottish Health Technologies Group

SIGN - Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (Scotland)

SLA - Service Level Agreement

SMC - Scottish Medicines Consortium (HTA body in Scotland)

SME - Small and Medium Enterprise

SmPC/SPC - Summary of medicinal Product Characteristics SPC Supplementary Protection Certificate

SPC - Supplementary Protection Certificate

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

SUSAR - Suspected Unexpected Serious Adverse Reaction


TAR - Technology Assessment Report

TEG - Topic Expert Group

TRIPs - Agreement on Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Policy rights

TRP - Translational Research Partnership

TSB - Technology Strategy Board

TTC - Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre (Cardiff)


UKCRC - UK Clinical Research Collaboration

UKCRN - UK Clinical Research Network

UKMi - UK Medicines Information

UKTI - UK Trade and Investment

UVIG - UK Vaccine Industry Group


VBA - Value-based assessment

VBP - Value-based pricing


WACG - All Wales Cancer Drugs Group (supports the AWMSG)

WDL - Wholesale Dealer’s Licence

WeMeReC - Welsh Medicines Resource Centre

WHO - World Health Organization

WHSSC - Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee

WMIC - Welsh Medicines Information Centre

WMP - Welsh Medicines Partnership

WPAS - Wales Patient Access Scheme

WTO - World Trade Organization