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HCPC launches consultation on the names of medicines annotations for chiropodists / podiatrists


HCPC consultation

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched a consultation to seek the views of stakeholders on renaming the ‘local anaesthetics’ and ‘prescription only medicines’ annotations for chiropodists / podiatrists. This will ensure they more closely reflect both exemptions in medicines legislation.

Chiropodists / podiatrists who have undertaken approved training are annotated (marked) on the HCPC Register. This indicates their ability to sell or supply (the ‘prescription only medicines’ annotation) and/or administer (the ‘local anaesthetics’ annotation) certain medicines from exemption lists in medicines legislation.

However, the current way in which these annotations are labelled is out of date. For example, the exemption list that relates to the ‘local anaesthetics’ annotation now includes other medicines, and the medicines on both lists are ‘prescription only’.

Michael Guthrie, Director of HCPC Policy and Standards, commented:
“We are proposing that each of the annotations should be renamed for clarity, with the ‘prescription only medicines’ annotation becoming ‘medicine – sale / supply.’ The other proposal would be that the ‘local anaesthetics’ annotation would become ‘medicines – administration’.

“We welcome feedback from all our stakeholders. This consultation may be of particular interest to registrants, education providers and professional bodies. The HCPC will analyse the responses once the consultation closes, publish the comments received and explain the decisions made as a result.”

To take part in the consultation which will run until 3 May 2016 visit, email or write to Consultation on renaming the ‘local anaesthetics’ and ‘prescription only medicines’ annotations for chiropodists / podiatrists, Policy and Standards Department, Health and Care Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4BU.

Notes to editors

1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

2. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

3. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

4. To contact us via social media, use the Twitter handle @The_HCPC or search the Health and Care Professions Council on Facebook or LinkedIn.


Grant Imlach
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