The threat of criminal prosecution for dispensing errors has long been a key concern for pharmacists. The RPS recognises this and has been working with government and other pharmacy organisations as part of the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board to change the law with regard to dispensing errors and criminal prosecution.
The Government will now lay draft legislation to enshrine a legal defence in the case of an inadvertant medication error in the UK Parliament and devolved administrations in Autumn 2016.
The Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board reviews relevant pharmacy legislation and regulation to ensure it:
- Provides safety for users of pharmacy services
- Reduces any unnecessary legislation
- Allows innovation and development of pharmacy practice.
The board advises ministers on the development of policy. It will also oversee policy delivery to help ensure that the Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme meets its objectives.