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The Poisons Standard (the SUSMP)

30 May 2014

The Poisons Standard is a Legislative Instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003. The Poisons Standard consists of decisions regarding the classification of medicines and poisons into Schedules for inclusion in the relevant legislation of the States and Territories. The Poisons Standard also includes model provisions about containers and labels, a list of products recommended to be exempt from these provisions, and recommendations about other controls on drugs and poisons.

The Poisons Standard has been presented with a view to promoting uniform scheduling of substances and uniform labelling and packaging requirements throughout Australia.

The Poisons Standard is the legal title of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP).

The SUSMP

The Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP):

  • is a record of decisions regarding the classification of medicines and chemicals into Schedules for inclusion in relevant legislation of the states and territories;
  • includes model provisions about containers and labels, and recommendations about other controls on medicines and chemicals; and
  • is registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments as the Poisons Standard.

SUSMP No.4 is the current edition. It includes the consolidated edition dated June 2013 and Amendments No.1 to No.5.

The next edition of the Poisons Standard is SUSMP No.5. It will be a consolidation of SUSMP No.4 and its Amendments and expected to be available in August-September 2014.

Amendments to the SUSMP are released periodically throughout the year. The expected dates for release of future amendments are detailed in the ACMS and ACCS meeting dates table. Amendments to the SUSMP include recent decisions only and must be read in conjunction with the current edition of the SUSMP, rather than as stand-alone documents.

Electronic version of the SUSMP

The SUSMP is available in electronic form, free of charge, on the ComLaw website at the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI). The FRLI is a repository and authoritative source of Commonwealth legislative instruments, explanatory statements and compilations of legislative instruments in electronic form.

Please note that on FRLI the SUSMP goes by its legal title, the Poisons Standard. Additionally, rather than referring to the edition number, the publication will be named according to the year of publication (i.e. the year it is published on FRLI). For example, SUSMP No.2 is known as Poisons Standard 2011 on FRLI. The naming convention used on FRLI and its correlation with the SUSMP is explained in the table below and links to the FRLI versions are also included:

Title used/to be used on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI) SUSMP Title
Poisons Standard 2012
Poisons Standard 2012 SUSMP No.3
Poisons Standard Amendment No.2 of 2012
(available August 2012)
SUSMP No.3 Amendment No.1
Poisons Standard Amendment No.3 of 2012
(available August 2012)
SUSMP No.3 Amendment No.2
Poisons Standard Amendment No.4 of 2012
(available November 2012)
SUSMP No.3 Amendment No.3
Poisons Standard Amendment No.5 of 2012
(available January 2013)
SUSMP No.3 Amendment No.4
Poisons Standard Amendment No.1 of 2013
(available April 2013)
SUSMP No.3 Amendment No.5
Poisons Standard 2013
Poisons Standard 2013
(available July-August 2013)
SUSMP No.4
Poisons Standard Amendment No.2 of 2013
(available August 2013)
SUSMP No.4 Amendment No.1
Poisons Standard Amendment No.1 of 2014
(available February 2014)
SUSMP No.4 Amendment No.2
Poisons Standard Amendment No.2 of 2014
(available May 2014)
SUSMP No.4 Amendment No.3

Hardcopy of the SUSMP

SUSMP No.4 is the current edition. Hardcopies of the SUSMP No.4 and its amendments are available for purchase from National Mailing & Marketing Pty Ltd (NMM).

The next edition of the Poisons Standard is SUSMP No.5 and all future editions of the Poisons Standard will only be available online. It will be a consolidation of SUSMP No.4 and its Amendments and expected to be available in August-September 2014.

Payment can be made by telephone, fax or email. Payment in advance is required, either by cheque, money order, credit card or EFT. NMM does not accept purchase orders and invoices will not be issued. Please complete the attached order form and dispatch to NMM as directed. The form will become a TAX INVOICE when fully completed (including the date) and payment is made.

SUSMP No.4 Subscription order form

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