Controlled drugs regulations

Additional information about the changes made to the controlled drugs regulations that come into effect on 1 April 2013.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Applies to England


Controlled Drugs (Supervision of management and use) Regulations 2013: Information about the Regulations

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These changes continue to promote good governance concerning the safe management and use of controlled drugs in England and Scotland, has been published.

This information is intended for organisations that are required to appoint a controlled drugs accountable officer and other organisations and individuals in the health and social care sectors with a responsibility or interest in ensuring effective systems for the safe and effective management and use of controlled drugs.

These have been laid before Parliament. They come into force on 1 April 2013.

Published 25 February 2013