RPS welcomes progress to introduce new defence on inadvertent dispensing errors

Responding to the news that proposals have been laid before Parliament to introduce a new defence from criminal liability around inadvertent dispensing errors, RPS Chief Executive Paul Bennett said:

“This is a welcome move and marks the beginning of the end for the automatic criminalisation of inadvertent dispensing errors.

“Addressing this historical imbalance between professional regulation and criminal law will help foster a learning culture, encourage the reporting of errors and ultimately support patient safety.

“The Royal Pharmaceutical Society and others have campaigned to keep this in front of policymakers over a number of years and we appreciate that this has been a long journey for the profession.

“We will continue working with the Rebalancing Board as it seeks to develop similar proposals for hospitals and other pharmacy settings. We hope that it will now take this opportunity to build on this important milestone and engage with wider stakeholders.”