Adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) in school: guidance and examples

Find advice on keeping spare EpiPens and other brands of AAI on site for use in emergencies. Plus, find examples of consent forms and AAI protocols from other schools.

Last reviewed on 11 May 2023
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School types: All · School phases: All
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Contents
  1. There are currently 3 brands of AAI available
  2. You can buy AAIs for use in an emergency
  3. Buying, storing, maintaining and disposing of AAIs
  4. Taking AAIs on school trips
  5. Develop a protocol for spare AAIs
  6. Example consent forms 
  7. Example AAI protocols

There are currently 3 brands of AAI available

  • EpiPen
  • Jext
  • Emerade (please note: the 300 and 500 microgram pens were recalled on 9 May 2023)

There are differences in how each of these brands are used and you should always refer to the manufacturer's instructions.

Make sure your staff are aware of these differences.

You can buy AAIs for use in an emergency

All schools in England are allowed to buy adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) without a prescription and keep these for emergency use.

This is optional. Schools don’t have to keep spare AAIs if they don’t want to.

Below, we cover the main points from the Department of Health and Social Care’s guidance on using AAIs in schools.

They can be used for pupils:

Any spare AAIs held