Standards for medicines management

These standards were withdrawn on 28 January 2019

The Standards for medicines management (2007) and underpinning NMC Circulars 16/2008 and 05/2009 were withdrawn on 28 January 2019.

We did this because it’s not within our remit as a regulator to provide this type of clinical practice guidance.

However, we recognise that it’s important that all healthcare professionals can access accurate information on the safe and effective handling, management and administration of medicines. 

This page has guidance on where you may be able to find this information.

Where to find information on medicines management

Alongside this guidance, most local NHS trusts and other employers will also have their own guidance on safe and effective medicines handling, which employees should always check and follow when considering their actions.

However, healthcare practitioners may need to consult other sources of guidance for specific areas of practice. We’ve listed some of these below.