Since December 2005 five products have demonstrated sufficient basic research and development, validation and recent in-use evaluations to enable the Rapid Review Panel (RRP) to make a recommendation to the Department that the product should be made available to national health service bodies. This is a recommendation one.
Where appropriate products have been made available to the NHS by the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA) via the NHS Supply Chain and are contained in their product supply catalogue.
The Department does not have full information on the use of the products reviewed by the RRP as infection control products do not have to be purchased through NHS Supply Chain. NHS trusts are free to choose which products to purchase and will maintain their own records.
NHS PASA does not recommend particular products.
The Rapid Review Panel (RRP) has reviewed 37 products in three meetings since May 2007.
The Department does not hold the data on when each product was received however, the deadline for application receipt is usually three weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date. The RRP has a limit on the number of products it can review during one meeting and so the number of reviews is capped, applications are reviewed on a first-come first-served basis. Late submissions are placed on the agenda for the next available meeting.
The RRP met on 19 June 2007, 25 September 2007 and 6 December 2007 and reports were released to the public on 10 July 2007, 25 October and 8 January 2008.