The Traffic Light System (TLS) is a colour coded system which provides guidance on prescribing responsibilities and commissioning intention for selected products.

It aims to provide clear understanding of where clinical and prescribing responsibility rests between specialists and primary care practitioners should a product be prescribed.

Please do not feel forced into prescribing anything that you feel is beyond your competence. If there is a problem arising from use of a drug that you have prescribed, you will be called to answer for your actions.

It is good practice to politely decline, give your reasons why, and provide a suggestion as to who might be able to prescribe it.