Glossary: Scotland

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Area Drugs and Therapeutics Committee (ADTC)

Committees responsible for providing advice to the regional NHS boards in Scotland on the use of medicines to meet the needs of the patients in that health board area. There are 14 regional health boards in Scotland.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS)

The national healthcare improvement organisation for Scotland. The SMC is part of HIS.

HIS has a key role in supporting healthcare providers to make sure that their services meet these expectations and continually improve the healthcare the people of Scotland receive.

NHS Scotland

NHS Scotland is the publicly funded healthcare system in Scotland. Health and social care policy and funding are the responsibility of the Health and Social Care Directorates of the Scottish Government.

Patient Access Scheme Assessment Group (PASAG)

The Patient Access Schemes (PAS) advisory group in Scotland. PASAG review and advise NHS Scotland on the feasibility of proposed PAS for implementation. It operates separately from the SMC to maintain the integrity and independence of the assessment process.

Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC)

A consortium of stakeholders from NHS Boards and Area Drug and Therapeutic Committees (ADTCs) with representation derived from across NHS Scotland. The SMC provides advice to all NHS Boards and their ADTCs about the status of all newly licensed medicines, all new formulations of existing medicines and any major new indications for established products. All new products must undergo an SMC evaluation within 3 months of launch.

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