CD Destruction

Patient returned CD’s

Patient returned CDs should be denatured in the presence of another member of staff, preferably a pharmacist or pharmacy technician if available. RPS guidance confirms that the destruction of patient returned CDs, whether they require denaturing or not, does not require witnessing by an authorised person. Patient returned schedule 2 CDs should be recorded and their subsequent destruction recorded (in a separate record to the CD register) Where practicable pharmacists should use CD denaturing kits in order to denature CDs, these can be obtained from some waste contractors and the NPA.

Date expired Pharmacy stock

It is a legal requirement under the 2001 regulations for pharmacy contractors to have stocks of obsolete, expired and unwanted Schedule 1 and 2 CDs destroyed in the presence of an authorised witness. Destruction of out of date Controlled Drugs can be arranged through the Medicines Management Team via for those pharmacies that do not have an authorised witness in their organisation.

For more information on Controlled Drug Regulations click here