Medicines Regulations 1984

44A Administration of vaccines in approved immunisation programmes

(1)

Any medical practitioner or other person who is authorised by the Director-General or a Medical Officer of Health in accordance with this regulation to administer, for the purposes of an approved immunisation programme, a vaccine that is a prescription medicine, may, in carrying out that immunisation programme, administer that prescription medicine otherwise than pursuant to a prescription.

(2)

The Director-General or a Medical Officer of Health may authorise any person to administer a vaccine for the purposes of an approved immunisation programme if that person, following written application, provides documentary evidence satisfying the Director-General or the Medical Officer of Health, as the case may be, that that person—

(a)

can carry out basic emergency techniques including resuscitation and the treatment of anaphylaxis; and

(b)

has knowledge of the safe and effective handling of immunisation products and equipment; and

(c)

can demonstrate clinical interpersonal skills; and

(d)

has knowledge of the relevant diseases and vaccines in order to be able to explain the vaccination to the patient, or to the parent or guardian of the patient who is to consent to the vaccination on behalf of the patient, to ensure that the patient or the parent or guardian of the patient can give informed consent to the vaccination.

(3)

Subject to subclause (4), any authorisation given by the Director-General or a Medical Officer of Health under subclause (2) shall be valid for a period of 2 years and shall be subject to such conditions as the Director-General or the Medical Officer of Health, as the case may be, thinks fit.

(4)

An authorisation given to any person under subclause (2) may be withdrawn at any time before its expiry if the Director-General or a Medical Officer of Health is satisfied that the authorised person has failed to comply with any condition specified by the Director-General or the Medical Officer of Health under subclause (3).

Regulation 44A: inserted, on 17 April 1992, by regulation 4 of the Medicines Regulations 1984, Amendment No 5 (SR 1992/43).

Regulation 44A(2)(a): amended, on 11 October 2001, by regulation 14 of the Medicines Amendment Regulations 2001 (SR 2001/232).