The Poisons Standard (the SUSMP)

29 February 2016

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).

Electronic version of the SUSMP

The SUSMP is available in electronic form, free of charge, on the Federal Register of Legislation (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 on the FRL 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 the FRL). For example, SUSMP No.7 is known as Poisons Standard June 2015 on FRL.

Please note that the SUSMP No.9 and all future editions of the Poisons Standard will only be available online.

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 Legislation as the Poisons Standard.

Recent changes

SUSMP No.11 is the current edition, this supersedes SUSMP No. 10. The Poisons Standard March 2016 incorporates one change to the Poisons Standard February 2016. This amendment involves re-inserting the entry in Schedule 5 of the Poisons Standard for METHYLATED SPIRIT(S) (being ethanol denatured with denatonium benzoate, methyl isobutyl ketone and fluorescein) except when included in preparations or admixtures or when packed in containers with a capacity of more than 5 litres, which was inadvertently omitted from the Poisons Standard February 2016.

The omission of this entry from the Poisons Standard February 2016 means the majority of methylated spirit(s) products are currently unscheduled. This updated Poisons Standard will correct this unintended error and ensure that appropriate regulatory controls such as labelling and packaging requirements apply to relevant methylated spirit(s) products that are currently on the market, and to any new products being introduced into the market.

The amendment to restore this entry was not open to public consultation, as it was considered (in accordance with the SPF), to be sufficiently straightforward as to not require public consultation.