Safe custody of controlled drugs

Quick reference guide 

This guidance is aimed at pharmacists working in registered pharmacy premises. It may be of interest to pharmacists working in other settings. It explains which CDs require safe custody, including patient returns and out-of-date or obsolete CDs. It also contains information on which standards the CD cabinet, safe and rooms must comply with and guidance on key responsibilities and a key log.

Sections on this page

  • What is safe custody?
  • Structural requirements of safes, cabinets and rooms used for storing CDs
  • CDs requiring safe custody
  • Other exemptions when CDs do not require safe custody
  • Patient returned and out-of-date or obsolete CDs
  • Key responsibilities

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