The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The Human Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2016

February 29, 2016

In recent years, changes in the law have allowed a number of professions other than registered medical practitioners and dental professionals to play an increasing role in prescribing and managing medicines for patients. Increasing access to prescribing and medicines supply mechanisms has the potential to improve quality of patient care.

On 01 April 2016, a number of changes to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 come into effect which include:

  • Permitting registered therapeutic radiographers independent prescribers to mix, prescribe, sell or supply certain types of prescription only medicines.
  • Adding registered dietitians to the list of health professionals who are included in the definition of a supplementary prescriber.
  • Enabling the general sale, pharmacy and certain prescription only medicines to be supplied by registered orthoptists.
  • Enabling the prescription only medicines diamorphine, morphine and pethidine hydrochloride to be supplied by registered midwives.

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