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Documentation requirements for prescriptions

Reminder to all midwives regarding documentation requirements for prescriptions

Section 41 of the Medicines Regulations 1984 describes the form that a prescription must take. This includes that the prescription must  

“a) be legibly and indelibly printed; and

b) be signed personally by the prescriber with his usual signature (not being a facsimile or other stamp), and dated”;  

What this means in practice is that midwives must personally sign the prescription.  The Council understands that some midwives may use a digital signature on their prescriptions however this is not an option available to midwives under the current legal framework. 

As a refresher on the legal requirements of a prescription please refer to the Medicines Regulations which can be found here Medicines Regulations 1984