CQC report into the management of controlled drugs

 In Improving Compliance, Medicines Management Processes, Pharmacy Information, Regulations and Standards

The CQC has published the 6th annual report into the management of controlled drugs, covering the year ending 31 December 2012:

  • In 2012 controlled drug prescribing in NHS primary care increased by 1%.
  • Private prescribing of controlled drugs decreased by 10% in 2012 (and by 24% since 2006), but only accounts for about 0.1% of overall controlled drug prescribing.

It is a legal requirement for controlled drug stocks to be recorded in a register, in order to maintain an accurate audit trail and to ensure accountability.

Traditional registers are not designed for ease-of-use, are relatively expensive and are usually created with NHS primary care in mind.

This led us to create the Ashtons Controlled Drugs Register,  which is designed specifically for use as a ward register in independent hospitals and clinics.

It provides a clear audit trail encompassing receipt, administration, disposal and stock balance. We have also included instructions for use to help ensure relevant regulatory compliance.

To help you further enhance your management of controlled drugs,  we also offer a Controlled Drugs Training Seminar.

For further information, call us on 0845 222 3550.


The full CQC report into controlled drugs can be found at:


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