Achieving Effective Medicines Governance: Guiding Principles for the roles and responsibilities of Drug and Therapeutics Committees in Australian public hospitals
An online survey of Australian DTC Chairs and members was conducted by the Council of Australian Therapeutic Advisory Groups (CATAG) during April to May 2013.
It highlighted a wide variation in the functions, structure and operation of DTCs in Australian public hospitals.
The purpose of these Guiding Principles for Drug and Therapeutics Committees (DTCs) is to provide guidance on the role, operation and evaluation of DTCs (or equivalent) associated with public hospitals.
This will provide a framework for DTCs to achieve effective medicines management governance within their organisation and promote national consistency.
These Guiding Principles will assist DTCs to meet the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, particularly Standard 4: Medication Safety and also relevant aspects of Standard 1: Governance for Safety and Quality in Health Service Organisations and Standard 3: Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections.