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underpins medicines governance processes in organisations across all Great Britain member nations, is now significantly out of date.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 small task and finish group has been established from members of the RPS Hospital Expert Advisory Group to provide oversight for this work. We are also seeking engagement across other groups and sectors in the profession.

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.

This page will be updated as the work progresses. Once the revision has been completed, the draft will be posted on the RPS website for open comment.

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].


Key dates

  • September 2016: Advisory group scoping day
  • November 2016: Task and finish group meet
  • March 2017: Task and finish group meet
  • March 2017: Advisory group webinar
  • July 2017: Task and finish group meet

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