[PDF] Covert medication

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Publication date:
02 February 2017


Covert medication is the administration of any medical treatment in disguised form; this usually involves disguising medication by administering it in food and drink. As a result the individual is unknowingly taking medication.

This guidance applies only to situations in which an individual lacks capacity to make a decision regarding medical treatment and refuses treatment. Covert medication must never be given to someone who is capable of deciding about medical treatment.