Consultation on the proposal for the supply and administration of medicines under exemptions within the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 by dental hygienists and dental therapists across the United Kingdom

Closed 10 Dec 2020

Opened 15 Oct 2020


This UK-wide consultation is being led by NHS England on behalf of the four nations and relates to proposed amendments to medicine legislation to enable dental hygienists and dental therapists to supply and administer particular medicines directly to their patients under exemptions within the legislation. 

Exemptions permit certain medicines listed in legislation to be sold, supplied and/or administered to patients by certain health professional groups without the need for a prescription or other mechanism.

The use of exemptions would enable dental hygienists and dental therapists to deliver prevention, treatment and maintenance of oral health effectively and efficiently, in line with evidence-based practice and without unnecessary delays or hand-offs of care to other health professionals, namely dentists, just to access the medicines required.

The following documents relate to this proposal and should be read before completing the online consultation survey:


  • GPs
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Medical directors
  • Directors of nursing
  • Foundation trusts
  • Mental health trusts
  • Community healthcare trusts
  • Healthwatch (national and local)
  • Council of Deans of Health
  • National directors
  • Regional directors
  • Regulatory bodies
  • Academic/professional institutions
  • Royal Colleges
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Professional bodies
  • CCG clinical leaders
  • Patients


  • Public