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Dictionary of medicines and devices (dm+d)

About this information standard

This information standard is a dictionary for use in the National Health Service (NHS) of medicines licensed in the United Kingdom. The scope of the standard in terms of content is for medicines only; medical devices are currently excluded. The primary purpose is to support interoperability. Therefore electronic systems that exchange or share information about medicines relating directly to a patient's care must adhere to the standard by using dm+d identifiers and descriptions when transferring information.

Note that this information standard, formerly approved by the Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care (ISB), has been assured by SCCI as suitable for publication under section 250 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. While no changes have been made to the technical content of the standard (released in 2013), the key documents below have been updated to include changes to enhance usability.

Current release

Release date07/04/2017
Release numberAmd 13/2013
Release titleConversion under the Health and Social Care Act 2012
Key documents
Guidance documents
Further information about dm+d is available on the website of NHS Prescription Services
Previous releasesPlease see the ISB website for information on previous releases of this standard.
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