National Prescribing Guidelines
In most parts of the country, your GP is ultimately responsible for the clinical decision making about the amounts of gluten-free staples that are prescribed. However, the decisions about the area prescribing policy come from the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The National Prescribing Guidelines were endorsed by the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology (PCSG) and the British Dietetic Association (BDA). You can download a copy from the right hand side of this page.
You can then relate your personal unit allocation to the list of the units allocated to the different types of gluten-free staples. This gives flexibility about how you use your units and where some people may just wish to receive bread on prescription, others may choose a variety of foods.
Coeliac UK cannot make a special case to support the prescribing of biscuits and cake mixes, as they are not staple foods and their use is not consistent with healthy eating recommendations.
We feel that the numbers of units recommended in the National Prescribing Guidelines should be treated as the norm and should only be exceeded in exceptional circumstances for clinical reasons. This would include if you are underweight or unable to meet your nutritional requirements.
Recommended amounts per month:
|Age and sex||Number of units|
|Child 1-3 years||10|
|Child 4-6 years||11|
|Child 7-10 years||13|
|Child 11-14 years||15|
|Child 15-18 years||18|
|Male 19-59 years||18|
|Male 60-74 years||16|
|Male 75+ years||14|
|Female 19-74 years||14|
|Female 75+ years||12|
|3rd trimester pregnancy||Add 1|
Number of units for different foods:
|Food item||Number of units|
|500g bread/flour mix||2|
|200g savoury biscuits/crackers||1|
|300g breakfast cereals||1.5|
|2 x 110-180g pizza bases||1|
|100-170g xanthan gum||1|