Reporting of Schedule 4 Restricted and Schedule 8 Medicines Discrepancies Policy

Applicable to: All Health Service Provider staff that handle medicines, including doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.

Description: The purpose of this policy is to set out obligations of staff and Health Service Providers (HSPs) to identify and investigate discrepancies of Schedule 8 (S8) and Schedule 4 Restricted (S4R) medicines. It outlines the mandatory requirements, and the minimum consistent procedure to be followed, for reporting of instances where a discrepancy cannot be resolved and may be a loss or the result of theft. 


Type of Amendment Date of Effect Description of Amendment
Minor Amendment  9 January 2020  Minor amendment to the policy and supporting information to update references to superseded policies MP 0029/16 Notifying Misconduct Policy and MP 0040/16 Discipline Policy and replaced with MP 0125/19 Notifiable and Reportable Conduct Policy and MP 0127/20 Discipline Policy. 
Hyperlink updated to Related document Medicines Discrepancy Report Form.
Minor Amendment  15 December 2020 Minor amendment to reorder email addresses on the Medicines Discrepancy Report Form.

Date of effect: 22 February 2019

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