Amendments to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 affecting therapeutic radiographers, dietitians and orthoptists
Legislation was approved by Parliament on 26 February 2016 and the following changes to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 affecting certain groups of healthcare professionals are due to come into force on 1 April 2016.
Therapeutic radiographer independent prescribers
Therapeutic radiographer independent prescribers will become appropriate practitioners who can prescribe all Prescription Only Medicines for any medical condition within their competence. They will not be able to prescribe unlicensed medicines but will be able to prescribe ‘off-label’ medicines subject to accepted clinical good practice and they will also be able to authorise emergency supplies.
Proposed changes to legislation in relation to the use of certain controlled drugs by therapeutic radiographer independent prescribers are still to be considered by the Home Office.
Practice Guidance for Radiographer Independent and/or Supplementary Prescribers is available on the Society of Radiographers (SoR) website
It is anticipated that the first intake of therapeutic radiographers on an education programme for independent prescribing could be in the autumn of 2016.
Dietitian supplementary prescribers
Dietitian supplementary prescribers will become appropriate practitioners who can prescribe all Prescription Only Medicines (including controlled drugs) that are part of a patient specific clinical management plan, within their competence (including authorisation of emergency supplies). This includes unlicensed medicines and ‘off label’ medicines subject to accepted clinical good practice.
Practice Guidance for Dietetic Supplementary Prescribers is available on the Association of UK Dietitians (BDA) website
It is anticipated that the first intake of dietitians on a prescribing education programme could be in the summer of 2016 and that the first dietitian supplementary prescribers could start to practice by the end of 2016.
Orthoptists who undertake additional training and obtain the relevant annotation on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register will be able to sell, supply and administer certain medicines for topical administration in the course of their professional practice under exemptions within the Human Medicines Regulations 2012.
These medicines are:
• Lidocaine with fluorescein