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The Law has changed for emergency inhalers in schools

Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by Gemma


After almost four years of campaigning, the law has changed to keep children with asthma safe at school. From today, the 1 October, schools will be allowed to hold spare emergency inhalers. Thousands of campaigners have kept up the pressure to change the law, and together they have made a change happen that will help keep more than one million children with asthma safe.


We know that 86% of children have been without their own inhaler because it was lost, forgotten, broken or had run out. Previous legislation meant it was illegal for schools to have a spare emergency inhaler to use in the event of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack, even though exemptions existed for organisations like the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the armed forces. Now schools will be able to hold spare emergency inhalers if they choose to.


Guidance for schools


For schools in England, the Department of Health has issued guidance which can be found here, setting out how schools should safely keep and administer spare emergency inhalers.


In Scotland, the Government is reviewing guidance for schools on managing medicines. 


In Wales, we are expecting guidance to be issued shortly.


In Northern Ireland there is a need now to revise the existing guidance on supporting pupils with medication needs.