Pharmacy law and ethics

Legal and ethical matters affect and influence the day to day decisions which pharmacists make. We recognise this and have produced the following guidance to help you deal with issues which arise in practice.

Our resources

Controlled Drugs

Controlled drugs

Contains information about the legal requirements of NHS prescriptions for schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs.

View our quick reference guidance on controlled drugs »

Dispensing and Preparing Extemporaneous Methadone

Dispensing and preparing extemporaneous methadone

Provides points to consider when dispensing and preparing methadone extemporaneously.


View our quick reference guidance on dispensing and preparing extemporaneous methadone »

EEA prescriptions

EEA prescriptions

How to handle prescriptions that originate from EEA countries and Switzerland, including legal requirements and best practice considerations.

View our quick reference guidance on EEA prescriptions »

Emergency Supply

Emergency supply

Identify the information you need to decide whether an emergency supply requested by a prescriber or patient is appropriate, including information on record keeping and labelling of medicines supplied.

View our quick reference guide on emergency supply »

Independent prescribing of controlled drugs

Independent prescribing of controlled drugs

Information on the major changes, practical information, guidance and signposting for PIPs, and general considerations for supplying controlled drugs against a prescription.

View our guick reference guide on independent prescribing of controlled drugs »

Legal classification of medicines database

Legal classifications of medicines

Online A-Z database of the legal classifications of medicines. You can search for individual medicines and classes.

Search the legal classification of medicines database »

MEP

Medicines ethics and practice: A guide for pharmacists

A professional guide for pharmacists, it is an underpinning document to help pharmacists practise confidently and professionally.

Download a copy of the MEP »

Professional judgment

Professional judgement

Describes and explains the concept of professional judgement together with practical advice on how to exercise it.

View our quick reference guide on professional judgement »

Pseudoephedrine and ephedrine

Pseudoephedrine and ephedrine

Legal restrictions on the sale and supply of products containing pseudoephedrine and ephedrine and guidance on spotting signs of misuse and reporting this to the relevant authorities.

View our quick reference guide on pseudoephedrine and ephedrine »

Responsible pharmacist

Responsible pharmacist toolkit

Provides information responsible pharmacist regulations and how it should be applied in practice.

Download the responsible pharmacist toolkit »

Safe custody of controlled drugs

Safe custody of controlled drugs

Explains which CDs require safe custody and provides information on the standards for CD cabinet, safe and rooms. Includes a template key log.

View our quick reference guide on the safe custody of controlled drugs »

Supply of medicines to podiatrists and their patients

Supply of medicines to podiatrists and their patients

An explanation of the principles of wholesale and the supply of medicines to podiatrists and their patients from a registered pharmacy premises.

View our quick reference guide on the supply of medicines to podiatrists and their patients »

Supply of Veterinary Medicines

Veterinary medicines

Requirements that pharmacists need to be aware of when supplying POM-V or POM-VPS products against a veterinary prescription.

View our quick reference guide on veterinary medicines »