Safe and secure handling of medicines: A team approach

The Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines: a team approach was published in 2005 and is essential good practice guidance that is widely used in hospital and across other settings. The guidance, which underpins medicines governance processes in organisations across all Great Britain member nations, is now significantly out of date.

We are currently reviewing and updating this guidance. A draft update to this guidance has been published on the RPS website for open consultation.

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This is a multidisciplinary piece of work, and so we are engaging with a wide range of stakeholders across Great Britain, including regulators, royal colleges/professional bodies, expert and specialist groups. We will also be seeking multidisciplinary endorsement. A multidisciplinary advisory group will engage across professions and to ensure that the relevant expertise informs the revision of the guidance.

Further information

If you'd like to know more about the project, are interested in joining the advisory group or have suggestions for how the guidance could be promoted once published, please the Professional Support team at [email protected].

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Key upcoming dates

  • 22 February 2018: Draft updated guidance published for comment (eight weeks)
  • 20 April 2018: Consultation closes
  • May - June 2018: Newly constituted multidisciplinary task and finish group review comments from the consultation
  • July - August 2018: Guidance updated and circulated to the advisory group ahead of publication
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