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NICE is inviting responses to its latest Draft guideline on termination of pregnancy.

The consultation page has all the information and documents you need to comment. The consultation will close at 5pm on 31 May 2019. CMF will be making a submission.

The General Pharmaceutical Council are consulting on proposed guidance for pharmacist prescribers

to make sure they provide safe and effective care when prescribing. The guidance sets out nine key areas that relate to the provision of safe and effective prescribing.

In the first of these - taking responsibility for prescribing safely - the guidance states that 'Pharmacy professionals must take responsibility for ensuring person-centred care is not compromised by their own personal values and beliefs. They must understand that people receive safe and effective care when professionals recognise and value diversity and respect cultural differences.'

No provision for freedom of conscience is included. CMF will support our colleagues in Christians in Pharmacy and make a response to this part of the consultation.

The consultation documents can be found here, and the online response form here.

The consultation closes on 21 June 2019

Department of Health and Social Care
Consultation on the Draft Human Tissue (Permitted Material: Exceptions) (England) Regulations 2019

In March 2019 the government changed the law on organ donation to an 'opt-out' system. From 2020, everyone in England over the age of 18 will be considered to be in favour of donating their organs and tissues after death unless they have said they don't want to donate their organs (they have "opted out"), have appointed someone to decide for them after death, or are in an excluded group. When the law was debated in Parliament, the Government agreed it would only apply to routine transplants and that novel and/or rare transplants would be excluded.

The Government is proposing that novel or rare transplants will still require express consent. This consultation is to ask you if the Government is excluding the right organs and tissues.

The consultation document, including the five questions to which responses are sought, can be found here

The consultation closes on 22 July

Law Commissions' Consultation on Surrogacy

Surrogacy has been around for a very long time. However, the development of surrogacy that does not use the surrogate's own eggs, has only been possible following the development of in-vitro fertilisation The government supports surrogacy as part of the range of assisted conception options, but the law surrounding surrogacy arrangements is out-of-date. The Law Society has set out its proposals for reform of the law and invites people to engage with the process through this consultation.

The full text of the Consultation Paper is available here, and a summary alongside the full text here. An online response form can be found here.

The consultation closes on 27 Sep 2019

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