I, Daniel Andrews, Minister for Health, give notice that the Poisons Code, prepared under sections 12 and 12E of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (the Act), will be amended.
The Act enables the Poisons Code to contain in the Poisons List (a) a list of Schedule 1 poisons, (b) a list of any of the substances in Schedule 1 of the Poisons List or Schedules 2 to 9 of the Commonwealth standard or the Appendices to the Commonwealth standard that are not for general sale by retail, and (c) a list of exemptions from Schedule 1 of the Poisons List or Schedules 2 to 9 of the Commonwealth standard.
The amendment is needed to the current Poisons Code, in Chapter 1 Part 3 – Exemptions, to ensure consistency in intention between substances exempted from the Poisons Code and those exempted from the Commonwealth standard.
1.3 A substance is not included in a Schedule of the Commonwealth standard in the circumstances described in items (h), (i), (j) and (k) of paragraph 1(2) of Part 1 and Appendices A and G of Part 5 of the Commonwealth standard as in force from time to time.
The date of effect for the amendment is 13 February 2009.
The Poisons Code may be inspected free of charge during normal business hours at the offices or Library of the Department of Health situated at 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne 3000, or can be obtained directly from the Department of Health. Contact the Duty Officer on phone 1300 364 545. The Poisons Code is also published on the Department of Health website www.health.vic.gov.au/dpu.
HON DANIEL ANDREWS MP
MINISTER FOR HEALTH
Date: 4 March 2009
Part 1 - The poisons list
1.1 The schedules of the poisons list is:
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|SUBSTANCES:||There are no substances included in this schedule.|
1.2 The substances that are not for general sale by retail are the substances listed below -
CYANIDES, METALLIC when they are Schedule 7 poisons.
HYDROCYANIC ACID when it is a Schedule 7 poison.
Part 3 - Exemptions
1.3 A substance is not included in a Schedule of the Commonwealth Standard in the circumstances described in items (h), (i), (j) and (k) of paragraph 1(2) of Part 1 and Appendices A and G of Part 5 of the Commonwealth standard as in force from time to time.
2.1 The interpretations included in Part 1 of the Commonwealth standard as in force from time to time are incorporated by reference for the purposes of this Code.
3.1 Previous Poisons Code revoked
The Poisons Code prepared under sections 12 and 12E of the Drugs. Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981on 10 July 1997, that became effective on 1 August 1997, and was subsequently amended on 20 September 1997, 19 December 1997, 19 March 1998, 19 June 1998, 20 September 1998, 21 September 1998, 23 September 1998, 19 December 1998, 18 March 1999, 18 June 1999, 29 July 1999, 19 September 1999, 3 February 2000, 17 March 2000, 2 May 2004, 10 November 2004, 1 October 2006, 1 January 2008 and 1 January 2009 is revoked.