Dispensing Appliance Contractors

Contracted to the NHS, these businesses dispense appliances listed in the Drug Tariff against prescriptions issued by GPs and specialist nurse prescribers.

Member companies are represented on the PIPs Forum (Patients Industry Professionals Forum), a partnership between Patient Groups, Industry and Professional Groups involved in stoma and continence care, which officially launched in 2001 to address issues and challenges for patients, professionals and industry working in stoma and continence care.  The Forum developed collaborative standards, which BHTA members have undertaken to abide by in addition to the requirements of the BHTA Code of Practice.

Additionally, the Section members have undertaken to give due regard to guidelines on advertising, comeptitions and marketing in the context of providing a prescription service.