The Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2020

Jurisdiction: UK

Commencement: 26 May 2020

Amends: Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (c.38) and The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001

Mini Summary

The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (c.38) and The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001prohibits the import and export of controlled drugs (as defined in Schedule 2) and makes it illegal for a person to possess, produce, supply or offer to supply a controlled drug.



These Regulations amend The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to permit pharmacists to supply controlled drugs in certain situations without a prescription from a medical practitioner, and to change the interval on certain instalment prescriptions of controlled drugs. This will only apply if the Secretary of State makes an announcement that these powers will be effective, and will only apply for a limited period of time during a pandemic situation.


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