A UK-wide consultation was launched in mid-June on two new draft pieces of legislation covering dispensing errors and pharmacy governance.

The two draft Section 60 orders are:

  • The Pharmacy (Preparation and Dispensing Errors – Hospitals and Other Pharmacy Services) Order 2018
  • The Pharmacy (Responsible Pharmacists, Superintendent Pharmacists etc) Order 2018.

The first draft order seeks to extend defences that already exist for pharmacists and technicians working at or from registered pharmacies in the case of accidental preparation and dispensing errors. It would cover pharmacy professionals working in hospitals and other relevant pharmacy services.

The second draft order seeks to clarify and strengthen the arrangements of registered pharmacies concerning how they are governed. Specifically, it makes the roles of responsible pharmacists and superintendent pharmacists clear in primary legislation.

The consultation closes on September 11, 2018.

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