Controlled Drug (Supervision of management and use) Regulations 2013
Changes to CD regulations have been made to reflect the new NHS restructuring, and they came into force in England & Scotland from April 2013.
There have been significant changes regarding Accountable Officers, whose role includes responsibility for CD governance. For instance, organisations that have a low usage of CDs or are relatively small (<10 staff) can apply to the CQC for exemption from having an Accountable Officer.
There is a continuing requirement for standard operating procedures (SOPs) which must cover prescribing, supply, administration and disposal of CDs but the regulations now also include clinical monitoring so hospital SOPs may require revision. The regulations also require that relevant staff have training relating to the SOPs.
A training seminar on controlled drugs is available as part of the Ashtons Portfolio of Training.
For further details about the latest CD Regulations: