Controlled Drugs

Controlled Drug Reporting

CD Reporting –
CD Reporting Help Desk Team –

CD Accountable Officer

The CD Accountable Officer for NHS England (East of England NHS England and NHS Improvement)  is Jane Newman. Any issues relating to controlled drugs and medicines governance, pharmacy, and prescribing should be directed by email to  

CD Accountable Officer for NHS England –

Stock Schedule 2 controlled Drugs destruction requests

All community pharmacy contractors are reminded and encouraged to submit stock schedule 2 controlled drugs destruction requests in order to prevent unsafe quantities of expired CD stock from building up in any of your pharmacy premises.

If you are a body corporate operating in 5 or more pharmacy premises, the superintendent pharmacist (SI) should already have suitably trained employees designated as Authorised Witnesses by the appropriate NHSE CDAO. If this applies to your organisation, you should not submit a destruction request to NHSE. Please contact your SI in the first instance.

The new Temporary Authorised Witness module on the Controlled Drug Reporting website has now launched.  The way community pharmacies apply for an appropriately authorised person to attend their premises for the purposes of witnessing the destruction of stock schedule 2 CDs in the East of England has now changed.

In most instances, the Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer will no longer arrange for an ‘Authorised Witness’ to attend your pharmacy for the sole purpose of witnessing the destruction of stock schedule 2 CDs.  Instead, any registered healthcare professional (e.g., a registered pharmacy technician or pharmacist) can apply to witness the destruction of stock schedule 2 CDs for a limited period of time in a pharmacy.

Please go to and complete the form ‘Apply to be a Temporary Authorised Witness’ in order to request authorisation to be a witness.  For further information please visit the CPH website.

Please be aware that the Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer team:

  • will not normally authorise superintendents to act as a witness for the destruction of stock schedule 2 CDs at any pharmacy where they are the superintendent
  • will not normally authorise sole traders to act as a witness for the destruction of stock schedule 2 CDs at any pharmacy where they are the owner
  • will not normally authorise individuals to act as witnesses for the destruction of stock schedule 2 CDs at pharmacies that operate as part of a multiple which has 5 or more premises – these multiples will have their own cohort of witnesses

Please be aware that this does not apply to pharmacies that operate as part of a multiple which has 5 or more premises.

NB! An Authorised Witness is only required for the destruction of schedule 2 expired stock; patients’ own and schedule 3 or below stock should be destroyed in-house. You will also need to have a valid T28 waste exemption certificate in order for the destruction to take place. We also want to remind you that drugs awaiting destruction must be stored in a locked CD cabinet, if CDs are to be stored anywhere else, an approval certificate must be obtained through your local Controlled Drugs Liaison Officer (CDLO) Contact your nearest CDLO (

Prior to the destruction taking place, please ensure that all CD stock is accounted for, all the CD registers are updated accordingly, and that any discrepancies have been identified, investigated, and resolved or reported via

If you have any further questions, please contact the team at:

Controlled Drug Reporting website

The CD Reporting website changed on Thursday 1 December 2022 and from this date there will be several changes.

The Controlled Drug reporting has undergone a review and development process and as a result, the website has been upgraded and some of the reporting modules have been re-designed or modified based on comments from users and to make the reporting modules compatible with other national reporting systems.

If you need help desk support e.g. technical queries or issues with the website.  The team can be contacted on 0113 825 5238, via email on or through the message system on the website.

Reporters will need to register the first time they use the new Controlled Drug Reporting website.  Once they have gone through the registration process, they will have access to reports previously submitted, see further information on the Registration – How to Guide.


CGL Promotional Material

CGL have provide important information material which includes a Universal Precautions poster, highlighting the risk of overdose with all drugs and the BuddyUp App, which is an app for people that are injecting drugs on their own.

If you would like to display a laminated version of the Universal Precautions poster or the BuddyUp App poster in your pharmacy please email: