Standards for medicines management

Medicine management

Standards for medicines management publication coverMedicines management and prescribing in the UK are governed by a complex framework of legislation, policy and standards. Our standards for medicines management make it clear that it is necessary for nurses and midwives to refer to local and national policies.

We work with agencies to make sure that public protection in medicines management and prescribing is maintained, and that nurses and midwives are directed to other sources of help where appropriate.

This standard was published in 2008 and replaces the Guidelines for the administration of medicine.


NMC Circular 05/2009 
First published: September 2009
Supply and/or administration of medicine by student nurses and student midwives in relation to Patient Group Directions (PGDs).

NMC Circular 16/2008 
First published: December 2008
Remote assessment and prescribing.


Standards for medicines management

The Human Medicines Regulations 2012

The Resuscitation Council (UK)

The Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) website