What is electronic repeat dispensing (ERD)?

Electronic repeat dispensing (ERD) is an integral part of the electronic prescription service (EPS) which offers many extra benefits over paper-based repeat prescribing and dispensing.

NHS Digital has produced this overview of ERD for prescribers with an accompanying video.


  • consider putting all suitable patients on electronic repeat dispensing as their next repeat prescriptions are issued
  • promote repeat ordering online by getting patients to register for online services.


  • do not introduce longer duration prescriptions, to protect the supply chain.

External Resources for Practices

Date Published Article Format Author(s)
03 March 2019 NHS Digital Electronic repeat dispensing Guidance NHS Digital
Updated daily/regularly NHS England Coronavirus updates and guidance for general practice Website NHS England
Nov 2018 RCGP Patient online toolkit Toolkit RCGP and NHS England

External Resources for Patients

Date Published Article Format Author(s)
Oct 2017 NHS Business Services Introduction to electronic repeat dispensing Video NHSBSA