We’ve made this resource available to help all pharmacists reSPONDING TO the COVID-19 pandemic.

RPS guidance on contingency legislation to enable the supply of controlled drugs

Controlled drug legislation has been introduced to enable Ministers in Great Britain and the Department of Health in Northern Ireland to “switch on” flexibilities for the supply of controlled drugs during a pandemic.

These flexibilities have not been activated at this time.

This guide is about these contingencies for pharmacy teams wishing to prepare.

We’ve made this resource available to help all pharmacists returning to frontline patient facing roles during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CD flexibilities COVID-19 short life working group

Annette Ashley

Head of Policy and Standards, GPHC

Matt Barclay

Director of Operations, Community Pharmacy Scotland

Sarah Dennison

National CD Manager, CQC

Dr Emily Finch

Clinical Director, RCPSych

Steven Gascoigne

Regional Manager (Wales and West of England), GPHC

Julie Greenfield

Pharmacy Forum NI Manager

Dr Amira Guirguis

MPharm Programme Director,

Swansea University Medical School

Gordon Hockey

Director of Operations and Support, PSNC

Dr Carole Hunter

Lead Pharmacist, Alcohol and Drug Recovery Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Joanne Kember

North Wales Controlled Pharmacist. Wales Controlled Drug Local Intelligence Network Lead.

Dr Jonathan Leach

Joint Honorary Secretary, RCGP

Andrea Linton

Health and Social Care Board Northern Ireland

Neha Ramaiya

Senior Clinical Pharmacy Advisor and Specialist Inspector, GPHC



Associate Regional Pharmacist Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer, NHS England

Jasmine Shah

Head of Advice and Support Services, NPA

Judy Thomas

Director of Contractor Services, Community Pharmacy Wales

Mary Tompkins

Chair of the RPS Retired Pharmacist Group

RPS staff

Regina Ahmed

Senior Guidance Pharmacist, RPS

Aileen Bryson

Policy and Practice Lead, RPS

Gino Martini

Chief Scientist, RPS

Annamarie McGregor

Head of RPS Local

Sonia Garner

Professional Standards Advisor, RPS

Wing Tang

Head of Support and Guidance, RPS