Officials in the Department met representatives of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) on 11 February 2010. The meeting took place following a series of concerns raised directly with the Department by the BHTA about the activities of primary care trusts and Collaborative Procurement Hubs seeking to tender in Part IX areas. In particular, the BHTA had raised concerns over the legality of such activity under the terms of Part IX of the drug tariff.
The Part IX Guidance and Assurance Framework for the arrangements coming into force on 1 April 2010 are currently being finalised with the aim of publishing them in the next few weeks. Contractors have a transition period of nine months before they have to comply with the new regulations.