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Standards for the use by orthoptists of exemptions to sell and supply medicines published

23/11/2016 - 09:00

New standards published

We have today published new standards for the use by orthoptists of exemptions to sell and supply medicines.

The standards were developed alongside recent changes to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012, to enable registered orthoptists who are appropriately trained to sell and supply certain prescription only medicines to patients as part of their professional practice. These entitlements are known as ‘exemptions’.

Purpose of the standards

There are two main purposes for the standards.

1) To set out our expectations of education providers delivering training to orthoptists in using these medicine exemptions.

2) To set out the knowledge, understanding and skills we expect an orthoptist to demonstrate when they have completed this training.

If you are an orthoptist, you should only use exemptions in your practice if you have completed post-registration training which we have approved and have a mark or ‘annotation’ on the HCPC Register to show that you have done so.

How the standards will be used

We will assess relevant education and training programmes against the standards. If a programme meets the standards we will grant open-ended approval, subject to on-going monitoring.

We will also take the standards into account when considering concerns raised about the competence of an orthoptist who uses medicine exemptions in their practice.

These standards relate only to the use of exemptions set out in medicines legislation. They do not cover independent and supplementary prescribing, or the supply or administration of medicines via a Patient Group Direction.

There is further information about the use of medicines on our website.

Visit our publications section to download a copy of the standards. 


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