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