Controlled Drugs Guidance

CPS produce this page in conjunction with the Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers Network to support best practice when managing controlled drugs.

The Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers’ (CDAO) Network has web pages hosted on NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Knowledge Network. These contain a wide range of documents, guidance and information relating to the management of CDs and should be referred to as an additional resource.

If you have any queries regarding this or any other Controlled Drug issues please get in touch with your local NHS Board Accountable Officer (AO)/CD team. Contact details available via Health Improvement Scotland (HIS) website.

A Guide to Good Practice in the Management of Controlled Drugs in Primary Care – Scotland

The Controlled Drugs Accountable Officers’ (CDAO) Network Scotland has published the 2nd edition of ‘A Guide to Good Practice in the Management of Controlled Drugs in Primary Care – Scotland’.

This guide is aimed at developing good practice for the management, governance and use of CDs in primary care, it encompasses issues raised at the interface between primary, secondary and social care, and therefore will be relevant to the management of CDs across all NHS and non-NHS settings.  This document can be found online.

Inter-Pharmacy Controlled Drug Transfers

Although not a legal requirement, if transferring CDs between pharmacies for any reason a CDRF (CP) form should be used as the signed order by the requesting pharmacy. The supplying pharmacy should then submit the original to PSD for processing. This form, which has recently been updated to make it more user-friendly, can be found here

Controlled Drugs Frequently Asked Questions

The latest CD FAQs prepared by the CDAO can be found here.