Medicines Act 1968

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1968 c. 67


Medicines Act 1968

1968 CHAPTER 67

An Act to make new provision with respect to medicinal products and related matters, and for purposes connected therewith.

[25th October 1968]

B e it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

I Administration

Part I

Administration

S-1 Ministers responsible for administration of Act.

1 Ministers responsible for administration of Act.

(1) In this Act—

( a ) ‘the Health Ministers’ means the following Ministers, that is to say, the Minister of Health, the Secretary of State concerned with health in Scotland and the Minister of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland, and, in the case of anything falling to be done by the Health Ministers, means those Ministers acting jointly;

( b ) ‘the Agriculture Ministers’ means the following Ministers, that is to say, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Secretary of State concerned with agriculture in Scotland and the Minister of Agriculture for Northern Ireland, and, in the case of anything falling to be done by the Agriculture Ministers, means those Ministers acting jointly,

and ‘the Ministers’ means all the Ministers specified in paragraphs ( a ) and ( b ) of this subsection, and, in the case of anything falling to be done by the Ministers, means all those Ministers acting jointly.

(2) In this Act, except where the contrary is expressly provided, ‘the appropriate Ministers’—

( a ) for the purpose of performing any function under this Act (whether by the making of any regulations or order or otherwise) where the function is performed exclusively in relation to matters other than veterinary drugs and the treatment of diseases of animals, means the Health Ministers; and

( b ) in any other case, means the Ministers.

S-2 Establishment of Medicines Commission.

2 Establishment of Medicines Commission.

(1) There shall be established a body to be called the Medicines Commission (in this Act referred to as ‘the Commission’) to perform the functions assigned to the Commission by or under this Act.

(2) The members of the Commission, of whom there shall be not less than eight, shall be appointed by the Ministers after consultation with such organisations as they consider appropriate, and, in relation to each of the activities specified in the next following subsection, shall include at least one person appearing to the Ministers to have wide and recent experience of, and to have shown capacity in, that activity.

(3) The activities referred to in subsection (2) of this section are—

( a ) the practice of medicine (other than veterinary medicine);

( b ) the practice of veterinary medicine;

( c ) the practice of pharmacy;

( d ) chemistry other than pharmaceutical chemistry;

( e ) the pharmaceutical industry.

(4) The Ministers shall appoint one of the members of the Commission to be chairman of the Commission.

(5) The Medicines Commission shall by that name be a body corporate having perpetual succession and a common seal.

(6) In Part II of Schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1957 (bodies of which all members are disqualified under that Act), there shall be inserted at the appropriate point in alphabetical order the entry ‘The Medicines Commission and any committee established under section 4 of the Medicines Act 1968’; and the like amendment shall be made in the Part substituted for the said Part II by Schedule 3 to that Act in its application to the Senate and House of Commons of Northern Ireland.

S-3 General functions of Commission.

3 General functions of Commission.

(1) The Commission shall give to any one or more of the Ministers specified in paragraphs ( a ) and ( b of this Act advice on matters relating to the execution of this Act or the exercise of any power conferred by it, or otherwise relating to medicinal products, where either the Commission consider it expedient, or they are requested by the Minister or Ministers in question, to do so.

(2) Without prejudice to the preceding subsection, and to any other duties or powers imposed or conferred on the Commission by or under this Act, it shall be the duty of the Commission—

( a ) to make recommendations to the Ministers with regard to the number of committees to be established under section 4 of this Act and with regard to the functions to be assigned to each such committee;

( b ) in relation to any such committee, to recommend to any of the Ministers specified in paragraphs ( a ) and ( b ) of section 1(1) of this Act such persons (whether members of the Commission or other persons) as the Commission consider well qualified to serve as members of that committee;

( c ) from time to time (where either the Commission consider it expedient, or they are requested by the Ministers, to do so) to review the committees established under section 4 of this Act and to make recommendations to the Ministers with regard to any changes in their number or functions which the Commission consider appropriate;

( d ) to advise the licensing authority in cases where the authority either are required by the provisions of Part II of this Act to consult the Commission or, without being required to do so, elect to consult the Commission with respect to any matter arising under those provisions; and

( e ) to undertake the functions specified in subsection (3) of section 4 of this Act, in so far as those functions relate to medicinal products and are not for the time being assigned to a committee established under that section, and to undertake the functions mentioned in subsection (4) of that section in so far as those functions are not for the time being assigned to such a committee.

S-4 Establishment of committees.

4 Establishment of committees.

(1) The Ministers, the Health Ministers or the Agriculture Ministers, having regard to any recommendations made by the Commission under section 3(2) of this Act, and after consultation with such organisations as the Ministers concerned consider appropriate, may by order establish one or more committees under this section.

(2) A committee may be so established for any purpose, or combination of purposes, connected with the execution of this Act or the exercise of any power conferred by it, either generally or in relation to any particular class of substances or articles to which any provision of this Act is applicable.

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (2) of this section, in relation to any such class of substances or articles a committee may be established under this section for either or both of the following purposes, that is to say—

( a ) giving advice with respect to safety, quality or efficacy, or with respect to all or any two of those matters;

( b ) promoting the collection and investigation of information relating to adverse reactions, for the purpose of enabling such advice to be given.

(4) A committee or committees may be established under this section for the purpose of performing any function under Part VII of this Act in relation to the British Pharmacopoeia or in relation to any such compendium or list...

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