From 9 June 2020 the new Individual Funding Request (IFR) Regional Scrutiny Committee will make decisions regarding the availability of unapproved drugs for individual patients in NI. The new IFR Regional Scrutiny Committee has been established by the Health and Social Care Board following a review and reformation of the IFR process. The Committee replaces the previous IFR Panel, which has now been stood down. The Health and Social Care Board IFR documents are available at the following link: http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/ifrs/
The IFR Regional Scrutiny Committee places clinical expertise at the heart of this sensitive and important decision making process, ensuring that all IFR applications are subject to clinical input and peer review, as well as regional consistency.