The Home Office is planning to update, consolidate and clarify the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to ensure that they work effectively and reflect current policies and professional practice about controlled drugs. The proposals are set out in a consultation, and the deadline for responses is 28 October.
At present, there are 18 amendments to the original statutory instrument that introduced the regulations, so the government is proposing both that all 19 are consolidated into a single piece of legislation that will be less complex to follow, and that changes are made at the same time to update the regulations in line with current policy on controlled drugs where appropriate.
Some examples of the changes proposed are:
- making Midwife Supply Orders specific to patients rather than midwives;
- giving Ambulance Trusts similar authority to possess and supply controlled drugs to NHS Hospital Trusts and care homes;
- and clarifying some issues relating to prisons.