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Regulation of internationally controlled drugs moves to the TGA

11 September 2014

Responsibility for administering the regulations on internationally controlled drugs has moved to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Department of Health. This move took place on 11 August 2014.

The Drug Control Section, which is responsible for this function, was previously part of the Office of Chemical Safety (OCS). It is now part of the Office of Scientific Evaluation.

Over the next few months we will be updating our website to reflect these changes.

What do they do

The Drug Control Section is responsible for granting permits and licenses that authorise the import and export of certain:

  • narcotic drugs
  • psychotropic substances
  • precursor chemicals
  • antibiotics
  • androgenic/anabolic substances

that are controlled under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations 1956 and Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958.

New contact details

The functions of the Drug Control Section have not changed, but the contact details have. Please make sure you update your records.

For all general inquiries, including inquiries about permit applications, contact:

For correspondence relating to Schedule 8 weekly reporting, contact:

All stakeholders should ensure that they update their records to reflect the new contact details for the Drug Control Section.

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 Secretariat for the Advisory committee on medicines scheduling (ACMS) has also transferred to the TGA.