The Destruction Of Controlled Drugs (CDs)

June 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: UK

The Department of Health has published guidance on changes to the role of Accountable Officers for CDs (people who are responsible for the safe, appropriate and effective management and use of these drugs). An amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 permits Officers to authorise people or groups of people to witness the destruction of CDs following appropriate training.
Anyone directly involved with a GP practice (i.e. a practice pharmacist or someone authorised to supply CDs, such as a clinical governance lead) should not be nominated to witness destruction of the drugs in their own surgery.

Guidance on the Destruction of Controlled Drugs - New Role for Accountable Officers is available online.

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