BOB Area Prescribing Committee

The Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West Area Prescribing Committee (BOB APC) was established in July 2022. The committee consists of GPs, representatives from the BOB ICB Medicines Optimisation team and representatives from healthcare providers across BOB, particularly the hospitals, Local Medical Committee and Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

BOB APC considers new drugs, prescribing guidelines, shared care protocols and provides recommendations on prescribing and medicines optimisation across the BOB Health Economy. The group considers any new NICE guidance which includes drugs. BOB APC classifies drugs according to the local ‘Traffic Light’ system.

The Traffic Light Prescribing Classification provides information on restrictions on prescribing certain drugs across the whole health economy and all providers are contractually obliged to adhere to them.

If you wish to make an application for a new medicine, guideline or shared care protocol to be considered by BOB APC please contact Applications must be received at least 4 weeks prior to scheduled meetings to enable full support by the Medicines Optimisation team around review of evidence, clinical effectiveness and resource impact.


Prescribing Formulary

Oxfordshire has a place based Medicines Formulary. Work is underway to align the formularies across BOB. 


Prior to the introduction of BOB APC in July 2022, decisions in Oxfordshire were made by Area Prescribing Committee Oxfordshire (APCO). The Bullet Points of the APCO meetings can be found below.

APCO Bullet Points

APCO Jan 2022 - cancelled due to COVID-19 vaccincation priorities