Coronavirus (COVID-19) - our advice for doctors

We recognise that this is a very difficult and worrying time for doctors. Our professional standards provide a framework for ethical decision making in a wide range of situations. They should be followed as far as practical in the circumstances. We're regularly updating our advice for doctors as the situation develops.

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 or share the responsibility of your patient with a colleague.

We also recognise that as technology moves on so does the ways that you prescribe. This is why we have included a section on remote prescribing. And things to consider if prescribing to patients who are overseas or if prescribing unlicensed medicines. 

This guidance came into effect 25 February 2013.

Download the guidance

You can download the guidance in English or Welsh.

Prescribing and managing medicines and devices (English)
Prescribing and managing medicines and devices (Welsh)