Accountable Officer

Under The Controlled Drugs (Supervision of Management and Use) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 HSC organisations and Independent Hospitals must appoint an Accountable Officer to be responsible for the management of controlled drugs and related governance issues in their organisation.

The day-to-day discharge of these responsibilities may be undertaken by Designated Officers, who will be responsible for providing appropriate assurances to the Accountable Officer.

Health Act 2006

The Health Act 2006 contains three provisions in relation to the Fourth Report of the Shipman Inquiry to improve and strengthen the management and use of controlled drugs:

  • The appointment of an Accountable Officer by Designated Bodies
  • A duty to collaborate and share intelligence on controlled drugs by Responsible Bodies
  • A power of entry and inspection by certain authorised persons.