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Welcome to Yellow Card Centre Scotland

YCC Scotland is a joint venture between the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Scottish Government.  Its aim is to improve drug safety in Scotland.  The centre is based within the Medicines Information Department at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
This site will give you information about the personnel working in the Centre, as well as its main aim, which is to increase and improve the quality of adverse drug reactions (ADR) reporting in Scotland using the Yellow Card Scheme.
Through its network of medicines information services throughout Scotland, YCC Scotland aims to provide local contact points to assist reporters when they are uncertain about the correct steps to take in this process. 
There is also an advisory group of relevant experts which includes representatives of health professional groups able to make ADR reports, including doctors (working in hospital and primary care), pharmacists (working in hospital and the community), nurses, and allied healthcare professionals.
Our Mission Statement

The mission of YCC Scotland is to enhance and safeguard the public's health in Scotland by seeking to minimise the adverse effects of medicines. To meet this objective we will seek (i) to raise the profile of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) as an important health issue amongst both professionals and the public in Scotland, (ii) to enhance the quality and quantity of spontaneous ADR reports, (iii) to improve education about ADRs for undergraduates and clinicians, and (iv) to promote research that facilitates better understanding of the causes, effects and avoidance of ADRs.
Drug Safety Updates

Contains information and clinical advice from the MHRA for all healthcare professionals about the safe use of medicines.

MHRA’s definition of an adverse drug reaction (ADR)

An adverse reaction is a response to a medicinal product which is noxious and unintended. This includes adverse reactions which arise from:
  • use of a medicinal product within the terms of the marketing authorisation;
  • use outside the terms of the marketing authorisation, including overdose, misuse, abuse and medication errors;
  • occupational exposure.
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