Midwives exemptions – updates and students’ position

The list of prescription-only medicines that midwives can supply and administer (as distinct from prescribe) in the course of their professional midwifery practice – the midwives exemptions list – has been updated and expanded. Further details can be found here.

Does the exemptions list apply to student midwives? Chief Nursing Officer Dame Christine Beasley says that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued advice about the position of student midwives, until it provides further clarification after considering the options. The advice is that the MHRA will not consider taking enforcement action against student midwives administering medicines in the list that are not controlled drugs, under the direct supervision of a midwife, unless it would be in the public interest to do so. This also applies to a supervising midwife.