Anaphylaxis Campaign - Adrenaline Auto-Injectors to be held in all schools

The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity operating solely for the growing numbers of people at risk from severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis.

Effective from 1st October 2017, new legislation has been passed, following a successful campaign, which will allow schools in the UK to keep spare adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) for emergency use.

The recent campaign was successful in changing the law to allow schools, pre-schools and nurseries to hold generic adrenaline auto-injectors, and ensuring they have sufficient trained staff to operate the device in case of an emergency. 

An important point to stress is that these spare generic adrenaline auto-injectors should only be used on a child known to have a severe allergy and who have been prescribed an AAI, in the event of that child suffering an anaphylactic attack.

A working group, made up of representatives from the Anaphylaxis Campaign, Allergy UK, the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI), the British Paediatric Allergy Immunity and Infection Group (BPAIIG), and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), has campaigned over the last two years for the Government to amend the Human Medicines Act to allow schools to buy AAIs from a pharmaceutical supplier, without prescription, for use in emergencies. The working group and their respective organisations have welcomed the new legislation, which allows school staff to administer an emergency AAI to any child who has been assessed as being at risk of anaphylaxis.

A joint statement from the five organisations says:

“The rise in food allergy among young people is posing a significant risk for schools that can be faced with a life-threatening situation requiring urgent action. One in five fatal food-allergic reactions in children happens at school. Schools can now purchase the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis, without a prescription.  While not compulsory, we hope many schools will take advantage of this change as part of their duty of care to those children who are at risk of anaphylaxis. This is likely to increase awareness and highlight the need for staff to be trained to recognise and treat anaphylaxis in school. The working group is now developing a website which will provide online resources to support school staff.

For a parent of a child at risk from anaphylaxis, this will provide valuable reassurance that their child can receive prompt emergency treatment while on school premises.

We are delighted that our campaign has delivered the result we hoped for.”


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