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NCSO status for non-SSP items

The use of a No Cheaper Stock Obtainable (NCSO) status was last granted in April 2013 and therefore the NCSO endorsement should not be currently used for non-SSP (Serious Shortage Protocol) items.

The use of the NCSO endorsement is not a valid endorsement for a price concession; these will be automatically handled by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

The NCSO endorsement will be used to indicate the dispensing of an SSP item.

For more information on SSP, see the guidance on the NHSBSA website or visit the PSNC website.

Contact Information

Kate Blush

Senior Media and Campaigns Officer

NHS Business Services Authority

Notes to editors

About the NHS Business Services Authority

The NHS Business Services Authority is a Special Health Authority and an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health and Social Care which provides a range of critical central services to NHS organisations, NHS contractors, patients and the public. Its purpose is to be a catalyst for better health and its vision is to be the delivery partner of choice for the NHS. For more information about the NHSBSA, please visit