Good practice in prescribing and managing medicines and devices

You are responsible for the prescriptions that you sign. You must only prescribe drugs when you have adequate knowledge of your patient's health. And you must be satisfied that the drugs serve your patient's need.

Following this guidance will help make sure that you practise safe prescribing. It reminds you that where possible you must avoid prescribing for yourself or those close to you. And goes through what you need to consider when repeat prescribing, prescribing controlled drugs or share the responsibility of your patient with a colleague.

The standards of good practice apply to all doctors working in all settings. That is why advice on face to face and remote prescribing is integrated throughout the guidance. We also set out things to consider if prescribing to patients who are overseas or if prescribing unlicensed medicines. 

This guidance came into effect 25 February 2013.  It was updated on 5 April 2021.