Association of Pharmacy
Technicians UK (APTUK)
The Professional Leadership Body for Pharmacy Technicians

Professional Guidance on the Administration of Medicines

RPS launch new professional guidance on the administration of medicines in healthcare settings!


This professional guidance has been co-produced by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and provides principles-based guidance to ensure the safe administration of medicines by healthcare professionals. The Guidance is endorsed by APTUK and the Royal College of Midwives and has been produced to co-incide with the withdrawal of the Medicines Management Standard by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.  


The guidance is aimed at registered healthcare professionals and is therefore applicable to Pharmacy Technicians now undertaking this role.  The principles however, can be applied in any healthcare setting by any persons administering medicines. The clinical elements of the prescribing of medicines (such as choice of medicine, treatment duration and method of administration) are beyond the scope of this guidance. The guidance applies across the UK.


The guidance in full can be found via this link. 


This guidance was developed following an eight-week consultation as part of the project on the Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines and was overseen by a multidisciplinary Task and Finish group including service users. Details of those who responded to the consultation and of those individuals involved in the development of this guidance are acknowledged in the Professional Guidance on the Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines. If you have any comments on this guidance please contact RPS Professional Support team at If you have suggestions for additional resources or practice guidance please contact RCN Advice Team: 0345 772 6100.

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