The Poisons Standard (the SUSMP)

3 October 2017

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).

Please note that rather than referring to the SUSMP edition number, publications will be named according to the month and year of publication on the Federal Register of Legislation (FRL) website. For example, SUSMP No.7 is known as Poisons Standard June 2015 on FRL.

Electronic version of the Poisons Standard

The Poisons Standard is available in electronic form, free of charge, on the FRL website. The FRL is a repository and authoritative source of Commonwealth Acts, legislative and notifiable instruments, explanatory statements for legislative instruments, and other relevant documents and information.

Please note that from October 2015 (SUSMP No.9) all editions of the Poisons Standard are only available online.

The Poisons Standard

The Poisons Standard:

  • 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

Recent changes

The Poisons Standard October 2017 is the current edition, this supersedes the Poisons Standard June 2017. The current Poisons Standard incorporates numerous changes to the Poisons Standard June 2017. These changes are detailed in the explanatory statement supporting Poisons Standard October 2017.