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Transcribing: what the new medicines management guidance states

Royal Pharmaceutical Society and RCN publish document on transcribing information after NMC withdraws standards
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Royal Pharmaceutical Society and RCN publish document after withdrawal of NMC standards

On 28 January, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) withdrew its standards for medicines management.

The standards, which are still available as a historical document for reference only, have been replaced by guidance from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the RCN, endorsed by the Royal College of Midwives.

In the now-defunct NMC standards, the section on transcribing offered specific guidance to registrants, including that they only undertake transcribing in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and not as routine practice.

It defined transcribing as ‘any act by which medicinal products are written from one form of direction to administer to another’, with examples including discharge and transfer letters, and copying illegible patient administration charts on to new charts.

‘Rather than focusing on individual registrants, the new guidance puts the onus


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