Emergency adrenaline auto-injectors now permitted in schools

3rd October 2017

From 1 October 2017, schools in England are allowed to purchase adrenaline auto-injector (AAI) devices without a prescription, for emergency use on children who are at risk of anaphylaxis but whose own device is not available or not working.

The legislation was passed following two years of campaigning by the Anaphylaxis Campaign and other organisations to enable a change in the law to allow schools, pre-schools and nurseries to hold generic adrenaline auto-injectors, and ensure they have sufficient trained staff to operate the devices in case of an emergency.

Lynne Regent, CEO of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, says:

“The Anaphylaxis Campaign is delighted that, after two years of extensive campaigning, the legislation is now in place to allow all schools in the UK to keep a potentially lifesaving dose of adrenaline spare in case of emergency. We are sure that this will enhance the safety of severely allergic children in schools across the UK and provide reassurance for parents, carers and school staff.”

The Anaphylaxis Campaign helps raise awareness of severe allergies and anaphylaxis within schools and provide support to parents and carers of school age children.

More information

Healthcare professionals

  • The Anaphylaxis Campaign runs AllergyWise for Healthcare Professionals, a resource for school nurses, first aid trainers, community nurses and nursery nurses with responsibility for training others. Find out more here.
  • Education for Health runs an online Allergy Professional Development module, and also offers Allergy and Anaphylaxis workshops for a range of healthcare professionals. Check next dates here.

Staff in schools

  • The Anaphylaxis Campaign runs the free resource AllergyWise for Schools, designed to ensure that key staff in schools are fully aware of the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, how to provide emergency treatment and the implications for management of severely allergic children from Key Stages 1 to 5 in an education setting. Find out more here.