Medicines Governance and Controlled Drugs

Medicines Governance and Controlled Drugs

The NHS England South (South Central) CDAO has now adopted a novel approach to the management of CD destructions to develop a sustainable and timely system for everyone’s mutual benefit.  The application form should be completed by a fully registered healthcare professional. Once it is completed and received the CDAO will, in many circumstances, designate them an authorised person for the purposes of witnessing the destruction of controlled drugs.

The authorisation will be for a very short time and limited to the premises to which the application relates. 

This will allow the CDs to be denatured at a convenient time, promptly and without the additional burden of waiting for a third party Authorised Person to attend – which has led to delays and operational difficulties in the past.

Please ensure that you work through the pre-application checklist before submitting your application:-

CD Destruction Request - Pre Application Checklist

CD Destruction Application Form

Emergency Access to Medicines Scheme information

Please send both of these completed forms above to – CD e-mail

You MUST NOT act as an Authorised Person until you have received an authority (electronically) from the CDAO.

They will endeavour to process all request within 10 working days however as we move to this new approach you may experience a slight delay.

Julie McCann
Head of Pharmacy
Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer
Medication Safety Officer
NHS England South (South Central) | Sanger House | Gloucester Business Park | Gloucester | GL3 4FE

Contact tel no 07900 715189/ 0113 825 3499 | Email: / PGD queries:


Other guidance documents:-

Safe use of Controlled Drugs - publications

NICE Bites - Controlled Drugs: Safe Use & Management

Alphabetical list of controlled drugs

Controlled drugs summary of information (March 2019)

Script Medicines Management Newsletter – Controlled Drugs GP Guide

Script Medicines Management Newsletter – Controlled Drugs Pharmacists Guide