Controlled Drugs Cabinets
Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973. Retail dealers (pharmacists), private hospitals and nursing homes need to store any controlled drugs requiring safe custody in a locked safe, cabinet or room that complies with the requirements of the Misuse of Drugs (Safe Custody) Regulations 1973 or, in respect of which, a certificate of approval has been obtained from the police. Others who are entitled to possess controlled drugs (e.g. doctors, sisters in charge of a hospital ward or department, midwives) have a requirement for them to store controlled drugs in a locked receptacle that can only be opened by them or a person acting on their authority. Current guidelines for care homes state that they should store controlled drugs to be administered by staff in a cabinet that meets the requirements of the Regulations.