Pre-Payment Certificate Application

PPC Application Form
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Welcome to PPC Direct, our Prescription Pre-payment Certificate (PPC) sales facility for pharmacies registered to sell PPCs on our behalf.

To enter PPC Direct, please complete your Pharmacy OCS Code and password below. If your pharmacy is not registered and you would like to register to sell PPCs on our behalf click here.

For a copy of the guidance, in respect of selling PPCs on our behalf, please click here.

If your pharmacy is registered and you have forgotten your password, or if you have any other queries regarding PPC Direct, please contact 0191 203 4945.

Pharmacy OCS Code:
Password:
IMPORTANT - check whether the patient can get free prescriptions before entering the PPC Direct facility. Remember people 60 or over get free prescriptions.

To see if they can get free prescriptions, look in leaflet HC11, 'Help with Health Costs'.

PPC Cost

The current cost is:

  • 29.10 for a 3-month PPC; and

  • 104.00 for a 12-month PPC.

Conditions of Issue

The patient can only use the PPC for their own NHS prescriptions.

The PPC will start on the date they purchase their certificate at a registered pharmacy unless they ask for a different start date. This can be up to one month earlier or later than the date they purchase their PPC at a registered pharmacy.

A partial refund of the cost of a PPC may be available if the patient becomes entitled to free prescriptions during the life of the PPC.

For full details on PPC refund arrangements, including the time limit for claiming a refund, check leaflet HC11

Refund of Prescription Charges

The patient should remember to apply for a new PPC in good time, otherwise they will have to pay charges when their old PPC runs out. If they claim they have a valid PPC when they do not, they may have to pay a penalty charge.

If the patient has to pay a prescription charge while they are waiting for their PPC, they cannot get a refund unless they get an NHS receipt form (an FP57) and their new certificate covers the date they paid the charge. When they apply, they can ask for their PPC to be backdated up to one month.

Data Protection Act 1998: The Business Services Authority will use the information that you have provided on this application form for the processing of your application. We will not disclose your Personal data to any third party or transfer it outside of the European Economic Area. We may contact you to discuss your application. Your personal data will be deleted from our systems and files no later than 7 years from when the certificate was purchased.
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