Campaigners have said keeping spare asthma inhalers in schools could help reduce the risk of emergency hospital admission or death for millions of pupils.
A public consultation on allowing inhalers to be kept in first-aid kits may result in them being introduced next year, the BBC reports.
The Department of Health (DoH) announced last October that a public consultation would take place but timings of the move were unclear.
According to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the consultation will also consider providing guidance for schools on the use of inhalers.
Conservative MP Margot James said: "I am delighted that the MHRA has now launched a consultation on this issue and I certainly encourage all interested parties to respond."
A spokesman for the DoH said final details of the consultation were being agreed and that it would be published "shortly".
At present, schools are not allowed to keep spare inhalers because they are prescribed medicines. Asthma UK says this situation is currently putting 1.1. million children at risk.
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