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Standards for prescribing

This page is about our prescribing standards, which set requirements for education providers delivering prescribing training and also for the professionals who complete the training.


The standards for prescribing have two purposes.

  • They set out the processes and procedures that an education provider delivering training in prescribing must have in place in order to deliver the training safely and effectively.
  • They also set out the knowledge, understanding and skills that a registrant must have when they complete their prescribing training and which they must continue to meet once in practice.

These standards therefore set out safe and effective prescribing practice.

Legislation sets out which professions may act as prescribers. Diagnostic radiographers and dietitians may complete additional post-registration training to become supplementary prescribers. Chiropodists / podiatrists, physiotherapists and therapeutic radiographers may complete additional post-registration training to become supplementary and independent prescribers. These are the only professions we regulate which are eligible to complete training to become prescribers at present.

If you are a chiropodist / podiatrist, physiotherapist, radiographer or dietitian, you may only practise as a prescriber if you have completed training which we have approved and have a mark or ‘annotation’ on our Register to show that you have completed that training. You must also still meet the other standards that we set for your practice.

There is more information about prescribing here.



Download the Standards for prescribing document below



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