Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977

19 First-aid kits

(1)

In this regulation the expression approved first-aid kit means a first-aid kit that is held for ready use in the event of emergency in a place, locality, vessel, or vehicle approved in writing by the Medical Officer of Health, and that is—

(a)

under the control of a person in an isolated locality where workers are employed; or

(b)

under the control of a nurse appointed as an occupational health nurse in any place where a first-aid post or similar post is established for the benefit of workers employed there; or

(c)

under the control of a person representing an organisation established for search and rescue in mountainous or isolated areas; or

(d)

under the control of a person belonging to a class approved by the Director-General or under the control of any person in a place, locality, vessel, or vehicle so approved.

(2)

Any approval for the purposes of subclause (1) shall be deemed to be given upon and subject to such terms and conditions as may be specified therein, and may at any time be revoked by the Director-General, whether or not the approval was given by him or her.

(3)

Subject to the provisions of this regulation and to any conditions that may from time to time be imposed by the Medical Officer of Health in any particular case, any person for the time being having control of an approved first-aid kit may possess and administer to any person any controlled drug lawfully contained in that kit.

(4)

Nothing in subclause (3) shall authorise any person to administer controlled drugs except for the purpose of treating a sick or injured person in an emergency arising in the locality, vessel, or vehicle for which the controlled drugs were supplied.

(5)

The permission conferred by subclause (3) shall extend to any person nominated in writing in that behalf by the person having the approved first-aid kit under his or her control.

(6)

Every person in possession of controlled drugs by virtue of subclause (3) who, except as may be permitted by the Medical Officer of Health, keeps those controlled drugs, or causes or permits them to be kept, elsewhere than in an approved first-aid kit under his or her control or under the control of a person nominated in that behalf pursuant to subclause (5), or who contravenes or fails to comply with any condition imposed by the Medical Officer of Health under subclause (3), commits an offence against these regulations.

(7)

Every nomination under subclause (5), and any controlled drug possessed by virtue of this regulation, shall be available at any time for inspection by any constable or any officer.

(8)

Any person having control of an approved first-aid kit, and wishing to obtain controlled drugs for the purposes of that kit, shall apply in writing to the Medical Officer of Health in that behalf, specifying—

(a)

the name and quantity of the controlled drugs required:

(b)

in the case of a first-aid kit in a place where workers are employed, the number of workers to be served:

(c)

details of the locality where the work is to be performed, or of the area in which the first-aid kit is likely to be used, and the period for which the supply is required:

(d)

such other particulars as the Medical Officer of Health may require.

Regulation 19(1)(b): amended, on 18 September 2004, by section 175(3) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (2003 No 48).

Regulation 19(7): amended, on 1 October 2008, pursuant to section 116(a)(ii) of the Policing Act 2008 (2008 No 72).