Allowing schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectors

Closed 5 May 2017

Opened 10 Mar 2017

Feedback Updated 7 Jul 2017

We Asked

Whether we should make changes to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012, to allow schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectors, without a named individual prescription, for use in emergencies.

You Said

Over 500 people responded to the consultation. There was overwhelming support for the proposals. 533 respondents supported the proposals to allow schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectors, without a named individual prescription, for use in emergencies. A summary of the consultation responses was published on GOV.UK on 6 July 2017 and is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/allowing-schools-to-hold-spare-adrenaline-auto-injectors

We Did

The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2017 were published on 5 July 2017 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/id/uksi/2017/715.) These Regulations amend the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 and will allow schools to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectors, without a named individual prescription, for use in emergencies. The revised regulations will come into effect on 1 October 2017. From this date onwards, schools will be able to buy adrenaline auto-injectors, without a prescription, for use in emergencies from a pharmaceutical supplier in small quantities provided it is done on an occasional basis and is not for profit.

Overview

This consultation seeks views on whether legislation should be changed to allow schools to choose to hold spare adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) for use in emergencies.

Currently, AAIs are prescription only medicines, which means that schools cannot keep spares for use in emergencies. Following the recommendation of the Commission on Human Medicines, the government is proposing to change the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 to enable schools to purchase and hold spare AAIs for use in emergencies.

This would enable schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland that choose to do so to hold spare AAI for use in emergencies. No school would be required to hold spare AAIs as a result of the change.

Welsh version of the consultation

The consultation is also available in Welsh: Caniatáu i ysgolion gadw chwistrellwyr adrenalin awtomatig sbâr

Audiences

  • Nurses
  • Health visitors
  • Clinicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Doctors
  • Paramedics
  • NHS Commissioning Board
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Local authority
  • Members of the public
  • Retailers
  • Suppliers

Interests

  • Children's health and development