Product Risk Assessment Tools

Varinder Rai, Regional Medicines Information Manager, London Medicines Information ServicePublished

Product risk assessment tools to support NHS organisations to identify risk resultant from medicinal product presentation.

Medicine risk assessment

The product risk assessment tools (full version and abbreviated checklist) can be used for both new and existing medicines when conducting local medicine risk assessments.

The tools enable systematic identification of risk resultant from medicinal product presentation or other characteristics of use.They can support Medication Safety Officers, procurement and other pharmacy professionals seeking to improve the safe use of individual products within the NHS.

Community pharmacy teams

Based on the SPS tools, the Community Pharmacy Patient Safety Group has developed a tool specifically for community pharmacy teams. Non-SPS content: A Community Pharmacy Medication Safety Risk Assessment tool


The tools were developed with the Safe Medication Practice and Medical Devices Team at NHS England, as well as with a range of medication safety and specialist pharmacists in various NHS settings.