NICE has published a new guideline Controlled drugs: safe use and management which covers systems and processes for using and managing controlled drugs safely in all NHS settings except care homes. It aims to improve working practices to comply with legislation and have robust governance arrangements. It also aims to reduce the safety risks associated with controlled drugs.
Managing and using controlled drugs in care homes is not included because this covered in the NICE guideline Managing medicines in care homes.
NICE guidelines cover health and care in England. Decisions on how they apply in Wales and Scotland are made by ministers in the Welsh and Scottish Governments.
Further guidance on controlled drugs is available in the current edition of Medicines Ethics and Practice (MEP).