3. Underpinning Knowledge - Legislation and Professional Issues

3.6.6Obtaining Controlled Drugs – requisition requirements for Schedule 1, 2 and 3 Controlled Drugs

On 30 November 2015, amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 made the use of an approved form for the requisitioning of Schedule 2 and 3 CDs in the community mandatory. This applies to both requisitions for human and for veterinary use. Hospices and prisons are exempt from the requirement to use the approved form.

The introduction of an approved mandatory requisition form is a remaining Shipman Inquiry recommendation aimed at ensuring the purchase of all stocks of Schedule 2 and 3 CDs by healthcare professionals within the community can be monitored.