Licensing authorities are required to draw up a SOLP every five years and since the Act came into force, the content of the policies have on the whole developed as authorities seek to control the impact of licensed areas and put their own particular stamp on their area.
As an applicant, it is essential to be familiar with the SOLP so that, for example, you don't waste your time and money applying for a licence to allow licensed activities to 4am in an area where the SOLP quite clearly states that licensed activities would generally only be permitted to 11pm.
But it is essential to remember that, while an authority must have regard to its SOLP, it is not bound by it.
The TDM SOLP meeting, attended by approximately 75 laboratory scientists, included discussions of seven classes of drugs: cardiac, antiepileptic, antibiotic, antidepressant, pulmonary, immunosuppressive, and analgesic.
As laboratory scientists and physicians grapple with new clinical effectiveness regulations, the guidelines in this SOLP, particularly those addressing appropriate clinical indications, should serve as an excellent foundation for that effort.
Netherley: J Carrosa (Cons); A Fogg (Solp) ; *T Marshall (Lib Dem); P Walton (Lab).
Pirrie: M Cotterell (Cons); J Gaskell (off Lib Dem); C Mayes (Lib); *C Prayle (Lab); V Shaw (Solp).
Valley: J Hackett (Solp); P Keaveney (Lib Dem); C Nezianya (Lab); D Nuttall (Cons); I Woodward (Lib) .