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The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006

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1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006.

Commencement

2.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), these Regulations shall come into operation on 7th July 2006.

(2) Regulations 8(1) and 11 shall come into operation on 1st January 2007.

Interpretation

3.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(1) shall apply to these Regulations as it applies to an Act of the Assembly.

(2) In these Regulations, “the 2002 Regulations” means the Misuse of Drugs Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002(2).

Amendment of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2002

4.  The 2002 Regulations, shall be amended in accordance with regulations 5 to 12.

5.  In regulation 2(2)—

(a)after the definition of “clinical management plan”; insert ““the Common Services Agency for the health service” means the body established under section 10 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978(3);”;

(b)after the definition of “document”, insert ““equivalent body” means a Local Health Board in Wales, a Health Board in Scotland or the Northern Ireland Central Services Agency for the Health and Social Services in Northern Ireland;”;

(c)after the definition of “exempt product”, insert ““Health Board” means a board constituted under section 2 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978;”;

(d)after the definition of “installation manager”, insert ““Local Health Board” means a Local Health Board established in accordance with section 16BA of the National Service Act 1977(4);”;

(e)after the definition of “medicinal product”, insert—

NHS Business Services Authority” means the special health authority established under Article 2 of the NHS Business Services Authority (Awdurdod Gwasanaethau Busnes y GIG) (Establishment and Constitution) Order 2005(5);

“the Northern Ireland Central Services Agency for the Health and Social Services” means the body established under Article 26 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972(6);;

(f)after the definition of “patient group direction”, insert—

“prescriber identification number” means the number recorded against a person’s name by the relevant National Health Service Agency for the purposes of that person’s private prescribing;;

(g)after the definition of “prescription”, insert—

“Primary Care Trust” means a Primary Care Trust established under section 16A of the National Health Service Act 1977(7);

“private prescribing” means issuing prescriptions other than health prescriptions, where the definition of “prescription” has effect as if the words “or by a veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner for the purposes of animal treatment” were omitted;

“professional registration number” means the number recorded against a person’s name in the register of any body that licenses or regulates any profession of which that person is a member;;

(h)after the definition of “registered nurse”, insert ““registered occupational therapist” has the same meaning as in the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Order 1997(8);”;

(i)after the definition of “registered ophthalmic optician”, insert ““registered orthotist and prosthetist” has the same meaning as in the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Order 1997(9);”;

(j)after the definition of “registered pharmacy”, insert ““relevant National Health Service agency” means, for England and Wales, the NHS Business Services Authority; for Scotland, the Common Services Agency for the health service, and for Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Central Services Agency for the Health and Social Services;”.

6.—(1) In regulation 15(1)—

(a)after paragraph (a), insert “(aa) except in the case of a health prescription, be written on a prescription form provided by a Primary Care Trust or equivalent body for the purposes of private prescribing;”;

(b)in paragraph (c) after “specify the” insert “prescriber identification number and the”.

(2) After regulation 15(1), insert—

(1A) A person shall not issue a prescription other than a health prescription containing temazepam unless it is written on a prescription form provided by a Primary Care Trust or equivalent body for the purposes of private prescribing and it specifies the prescriber identification number and the address of the person issuing it.

(1B) Nothing in this regulation prevents the issue of a prescription, other than a health prescription, which is not written on a prescription form provided by a Primary Care Trust or equivalent body for the purposes of private prescribing, containing a controlled drug other than a drug specified in Schedule 4 or 5. where the person issuing the description believes on reasonable grounds that the drug will be supplied by a pharmacist in a hospital.

7.—(1) In regulation 16(1), before “A person”, insert “subject to paragraph (5),”.

(2) In regulation 16(1)(a), before “unless”, insert “subject to paragraphs (1A) and 1C),”.

(3) In regulation 16(1)(d), (e) and 3(a) for “date specified in the prescription” substitute “appropriate date”.

(4) In regulation 16(1)(e) and 3(a), for “thirteen weeks” substitute “twenty-eight days”.

(5) After regulation 16(1), insert—

(1A) A pharmacist may supply a controlled drug other than a drug specified in Schedule 4 or 5 or temazepam if the prescription contains minor typographical errors or spelling mistakes or if it does not comply with the provisions of regulation 15 in the way specified in paragraph (1B), provided that—

(a)having exercised all due diligence, he is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the prescription is genuine;

(b)having exercised all due diligence, he is satisfied on reasonable grounds that he is supplying the drug in accordance with the intention of the person issuing the prescription;

(c)he amends the prescription in ink or otherwise indelibly to correct the minor typographical errors or spelling mistakes or so that the prescription complies with the requirements of regulation 15 as the case may be; and

(d)he marks the prescription so that the amendment he has made under sub-paragraph (c) is attributable to him.

(1B) The way specified in paragraph (1A) is that, in relation to regulation 15(1)(f), the total quantity of the preparation or of the controlled drug or the number of dosage units as the case may be is specified in either words or figures but not both.

(1C) A pharmacist may supply a controlled drug other than a drug specified in Schedule 4 or 5 on a prescription other than a health prescription in a hospital if it does not comply with regulation 15 in the ways specified in paragraph (1D).

(1D) The ways specified in paragraph (1C) are—

(a)the prescription is not written on a prescription form provided by a Primary Care Trust or equivalent body for the purposes of private prescribing;

(b)the prescription does not specify the prescriber identification number of the person issuing it.

(6) After regulation 16(3), insert—

(4) A person shall not supply a controlled drug specified in Schedule 4 on a prescription, later than twenty-eight days after the appropriate date.

(5) A person who is asked to supply on prescription a controlled drug specified in Schedule 2 must first ascertain whether the person collecting the drug is the patient, the patient’s representative or a health care professional acting in his professional capacity on behalf of the patient; and—

(a)where the person is the patient or the patient’s representative, he may—

(i)request evidence of that person’s identity; and

(ii)refuse to supply the drug if he is not satisfied as to the identity of that person;

(b)where that person is a health care professional acting in his professional capacity on behalf of the patient, he—

(i)must obtain that person’s name and address;

(ii)must, unless he is acquainted with that person, request evidence of that person’s identity; but

(iii)may supply the drug even if he is not satisfied as to the identity of that person.

(6) In this regulation—

“appropriate date” means the later of the date on which it was signed by the person issuing it or the date indicated by him as being the date before which it shall not be supplied;

“health care professional” has the same meaning as in Article 15C of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972(10);

“patient” means the person named in the prescription as the person to whom the drug is to be supplied;

“patient’s representative” means a person sent by or on behalf of the patient (other than a health care representative acting in his professional capacity)..

8.—(1) After Regulation 19(1)(b), insert—

(c)in the case of drugs specified in Schedule 2, where the drug was supplied on prescription, he shall in addition enter into the register in the form specified in Part II of Schedule 6, whether the person who collected the drug was the patient, the patient’s representative or a health care professional acting on behalf of the patient and—

(i)if the person who collected the drug was a health care professional acting on behalf of the patient, that person’s name and address; or

(ii)if the person who collected the drug was the patient or the patient’s representative, whether evidence of identity was requested of that person; and whether evidence of identity was provided by the person collecting the drug.

(2) After regulation 19(2), insert—

(2A) Subject to regulation 20(e), nothing in paragraphs (1) and (2) shall prevent the use of a register to record additional information to that required or allowed under those provisions.

9.  In regulation 20(e), for “the purposes of”, substitute “purposes related to”.

10.  After Regulation 23(3), insert—

(4) Every prescription (other than a health prescription) on which a controlled drug other than a drug specified in Schedule 4 or 5 is supplied, or a copy of such prescription, must be sent to the relevant National Health agency in accordance with arrangements specified by that agency.

11.  In Schedule 6, add the following columns to the form under “Part II Entries to be made in case of supply”—

Person collecting Schedule 2 controlled drug (patient/patient’s rep/health care professional), and if health care professional, name and addressWas proof of identity requested of patient/patient’s representative (Yes/No)Was proof of identity of person collecting provided (Yes/No)

12.  In Schedule 8, after paragraph (h), insert—

(i)a registered occupational therapist;

(j)a registered orthotist and prosthetist;.

Transitional provision

13.  The amendments to the 2002 Regulations made by regulation 7(4) and (6) so far as it relates to the insertion of regulation 16(4) into the 2002 Regulations, apply only to prescriptions issued on or after 7th July 2006.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on 14th June 2006.

L.S.

David Bingham

A Senior Officer of the

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

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