3. Underpinning Knowledge - Legislation and Professional Issues

In healthcare settings organisational policies define who can administer medicines, or the appropriate delegation of the administration of medicines, within that setting.

(Please note: The organisation should have a policy for self administration of medicines. Patients maintain responsibility for the administration of some or all of their medicines, during a stay in the healthcare setting, unless a risk assessment indicates otherwise.)

Registered healthcare professionals who administer medicines, or when appropriate delegate the administration of medicines, are accountable for their actions, non-actions and omissions, and exercise professionalism and