Members should note the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment No. 2) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2015 amends the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (as amended) (the 2001 Regulations) (S.I. 2001/3998).  Key information is given below; the full circular is available here

The key Shipman Inquiry recommendation for private prescriptions for Schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs in the community to include the prescriber’s unique identification number was implemented for human healthcare by Regulation 15(1)(ab) of the 2001 Regulations which came into force on 1 January 2007. Veterinary prescriptions are private prescriptions. However, veterinary practitioners have until now not been required to include a unique identification code when prescribing Schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs.

This instrument makes it a requirement for all veterinary prescriptions for Schedule 2 and 3 controlled drugs issued from 1 July 2015 to include the unique Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons registration number. This change brings the veterinary sector in line with the private human healthcare sector, improving the ability to collate data on individual prescribing activity for the veterinary sector for monitoring when required.