UKMi Guidance on Legal and Ethical Issues

Laura Kearney, Regional Principal Medicines Information Pharmacist, Midlands and East Medicines Advice Service (Midlands site) & UK Drugs in Lactation Advisory ServicePublished
Topics: Service advice

UKMi Quality and Risk Management Group


Every pharmacist  should be aware of the legal and ethical principles which govern the practice of their profession. Medicines Information, as a specialised function, is a relatively recent development and there is no UK case law relating to the provision of medicines information by hospital pharmacists.

However, various guidelines have been developed by the UKMi Quality and Risk Management Group to aid an awareness of the legal and ethical principles medicines information can involve. Documents included in this section do not form official legal advice and are intended for guidance only.

For a further in-depth discussion on the ethical implications which may be faced in Medicines Information, refer to the Ethical Dilemmas section in the Medicines Learning Portal [external website].

Guidance is also available on Records Management and Copyright law specifically related to Medicines Information.

Guidance has also been provided regarding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which became law in the UK on 25th May 2018, and how this affects Medicines Information. A separate document is also provided giving guidance on managing email lists.