Standards for prescribers
In order to prescribe medicinal products, nurses and midwives must have recorded their prescriber qualification on our register. There are two types of nurse or midwife prescribers. Community nurse or midwife prescribers; and independent and supplementary nurse or midwife prescribers.
The standards that set out how nurses and midwives can achieve prescriber status, how prescribing programmes are run and what constitutes safe and effective prescribing practice are set out on the following pages.
These standards have either been produced by or adopted by us.
We’ve adopted the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Prescribing Competency Framework as our standards of competency for prescribing practice
Part 1 of our standards for education and training
Part 2 of the standards for education and training
Part 3 of our standards for education and training
Pre-2023 standards still being used by programmes
Pre-2019 standards still being used by programmes across the UK
Answering your questions on prescribing standards and qualifications
Find out more about the entry requirements for prescribing programmes