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Medicines scheduling secretariat has moved to the TGA

11 September 2014

The Secretariat for the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS) has moved to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Department of Health.

Previously, there was a combined scheduling secretariat that provided services for both the ACMS and the Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling (ACCS). These two functions have now been split into two separate Secretariats. From 11 August 2014, the ACMS secretariat has been based at the TGA. The ACCS secretariat will remain with the Office of Chemical Safety (OCS), another division of the Department of Health.

New contact details

The ACMS secretariat is providing the same service as always, but the contact details have changed. Please make sure you update your records.

You need to use the above email address for ACMS inquiries. However, the email address for the ACCS is Up to date contact details will always be available on the TGA website.

You can subscribe to receive information about both Medicines Scheduling and Chemical Scheduling by signing up to the scheduling of medicines and poisons email alert service.

Reasons for the change

Through the 2014-15 Budget and the Finance Minister's paper - Smaller and More Rational Government 2014-15 - the Government has indicated its intention to align similar functions and consolidate agency functions into departments.

This change is part of broader structural changes within the Department of Health that align the current functions of OCS with other portfolio functions. For example, the Drug Control Section has also transferred to the TGA.