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Controlled Drugs National Group

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The group considers national controlled drugs governance in England.

It provides collaboration, consistency and assurance to government by:

  • sharing intelligence
  • highlighting good practice and areas of concern
  • reporting on the impact of controlled drugs arrangements.

Membership of the national group

  • Care Quality Commission
  • Department of Health
  • General Medical Council
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Health and Social Care Information Centre
  • Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales
  • Medicines Advice (Medicines and Prescribing Centre) National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • Ministry of Defence
  • National Police Chiefs’ Council
  • NHS Counter Fraud Authority
  • NHS England (including Health and Justice Commissioning)
  • The Home Office
  • UK Anti-doping
  • Veterinary Medicines Directorate

Four sub-groups provide expert advice to the national group and issue newsletters. The sub-groups cover these aspects of controlled drugs:

  • theft and fraud
  • monitoring prescribing
  • safe prescribing, dispensing and administration
  • policy and operational issues

Subgroup members are from the national group as well as invited specialists.


These report on the sub-groups' findings and signpost guidance.

Latest newsletters

Previous newsletters and guidance

See our earlier newsletters and guidance on safety incidents and checklists on the National Archives.

Last updated:
13 July 2017


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