NMC withdraws circular on changes to midwives exemptions

Keeping up to date with the rules on medicines for midwives

This week we’re withdrawing a historical circular on midwives exemptions, titled ‘Changes to midwives exemptions (07/2011)’. This circular listed and set out guidance on the administration, sale and supply of medicinal products by midwives.

The midwives exemptions themselves remain in place and are set out in Human Medicines Regulations, so midwifery practice is not affected by withdrawing the circular.

We’ve removed our 2011 circular from our website because it’s become out of date in a number of areas and, importantly, it no longer accurately reflects the list of medicines set out in the legislation.

However, we know it’s important for midwives and student midwives to be able to access information on medicines.

In light of this, we’ve updated our Practising as a midwife in the UK publication to include an overview of midwives exemptions and links to where you can find the most up to date information and legislation.

Geraldine Walters, Director of Education, said:

“Today we’ve written to all midwives to say that we’re withdrawing our 2011 circular on changes to midwives exemptions because it is out of date. This does not affect midwives’ practice as the midwives exemptions themselves remain in place, as set out in legislation.

“We know it’s vital for midwives that they have access to guidance on medicines, which is why we’ve made a full update to our ‘Practising as a midwife in the UK’ document to include up to date information about the midwifery exemptions.”

Find out more about midwives exemptions in our updated Practising as a midwife in the UK document.

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