Controlling drugs and poisons
How do these laws control drugs and poisons?
- Licences - determine who can make and sell drugs and poisons
- Permits - allow industry users to purchase the drugs and poisons they need to conduct their business.
- People with certain qualifications (for example doctors, pharmacists, veterinary practitioners, nurse practitioners and dentists), are authorised to possess and use drugs for specific purposes.
Who needs a licence?
Any person or company who wishes to manufacture and/or sell or supply by wholesale (this includes repacking or labelling) a Schedule 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 or 9 poison. Manufacturers who also sell or supply Schedule 7 poisons by retail require a licence.
Who needs a permit?
- Any health service wishing to purchase drugs.
- Any person wishing to use a Schedule 2, 3, 4, 7 (listed regulated), 8 or 9 poison for industrial, educational, advisory or research purposes
Who can obtain a licence or permit?Any person or company with suitable premises, properly equipped and with trained or experienced staff can apply for a licence or permit.
How can a licence or permit be obtained?
Applications can be downloaded from the Licences and permits page.
A full description of the premises, procedures, security, record keeping and so on, must accompany the application. This is called a Poisons Control Plan.
Personnel who are to be responsible for the purchase, records and secure storage must be nominated.
Supply of Product Starter Packs by Wholesale
The Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006 do not regulate the possession of product starter packs by company representatives for the purposes of demonstration. Supply is incorporated into the current edition of the Medicines Australia Code of Conduct and compliance with that code is regulated in Victoria via a standard licence condition for those holding licences to manufacture/wholesale or wholesale Schedule 2, 3 or 4 poisons.
Possession and supply of Schedule 4 and Schedule 8 poisons are regulated under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 and the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006 in Victoria. Only those persons or businesses with specific authorisation may supply Scheduled poisons to a yacht owner or crew member of a racing yacht in Victoria or to the master or chief officer of a ship in port in Victoria.