Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

Pharmacies are obliged to accept back unwanted medicines from patients. The pharmacy will, if required by NHS England or the waste contractor, sort them into solids (including ampoules and vials), liquids and aerosols, and NHS England will make arrangements to collect the medicines from pharmacies at regular intervals. Additional segregation may also be required under the Hazardous Waste Regulations.

Service Specification

Essential Service 3 – Disposal of Unwanted Medicines Service Specification

Please click here to visit PSNC for more info on the following:

COVID-19 update

Guidance and Resources


Waste Collection

Should you need to arrange another collection, please refer to the Pharmacy Contact List for NHS England, Yorkshire & Humber which can be found here

Click the link below for more info on the pre-acceptance waste audit:

Pre-Acceptance Waste Audit : PSNC Main site