The UK Health Act 2006 introduced new monitoring and inspection requirements for controlled drugs. These new arrangements are designed to work within and alongside existing governance systems to promote the safe, secure and effective use of controlled drugs.
Regulations made under the Health Act – the Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations 2006 require healthcare organisations to appoint an Accountable Officer to be accountable for the safe management and use of controlled drugs in their organisation. ‘A guide to good practice in the management of controlled drugs in primary care – Scotland’ is published on The Knowledge Network, where you will also find other Accountable Officer useful resources.
- Procedure for obtaining supplies of private requisition forms CDRF for Schedules 1, 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs.
- Form CDRF (CP) should be used for the transfer of Controlled Drug stock between Community Pharmacies.
The Regulations also require healthcare organisations holding stocks of Controlled Drugs to put in place and comply with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the use and management of these drugs.
- SOP for Management of Controlled Drugs for Community Pharmacies
- Community Pharmacy guideline for dispensing and supervision of Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST)
- Template for Reporting Controlled Drug Incidents to Accountable Officer
For destruction of controlled drugs which are out of date or for an authorised witness for the destruction of expired stock of Schedule 2 Controlled Drugs please contact Controlled Drugs Inspection Officer Kirsty Peacock on 01324 566743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.