NMC confirms review of prescribing standards

The NMC has confirmed to the ANP that it is now evaluating its prescribing (2006) and medicines management (2007) standards and will be revising them. The standards were due for review anyway, but the regulator says the large number of fitness to practise cases in this area will inform the process. The GMC updated its prescribing guidance for doctors last year.

Much has changed since the NMC’s standards were produced, highlighting the difficulty of keeping standards up to date as legislation, technology and practice change, and professional boundaries shift.