Australian State & Territory variations from Part 4 of the Poisons Standard

Scheduling medicines & poisons

26 November 2013

Part 4 of The Poisons Standard is a record of decisions regarding the classification of medicines and chemicals into Schedules. States and territories can refer to the Poisons Standard as published or enact state or territory variations to the Poisons Standard. Variances in each state and territory from Part 4 of the Poisons Standard are summarised below. This information will be updated annually.

Australian Capital Territory

Departure from Part 4 of the Poisons Standard Justification Effect on suppliers or consumers
No variations    

New South Wales

See Poisons List - NSW Ministry of Health

Departure from Part 4 of the Poisons Standard Justification Effect on suppliers or consumers
Addition to Schedule 7 of all substances in Appendix C of the Poisons Standard Poisons legislation in New South Wales only allows regulation of ‘scheduled’ substances. In order to regulate substances in Appendix C of the Poisons Standard, these substances have been added into Schedule 7.  
Addition to Schedule 8 of "ETORPHINE" To permit veterinary use. Provides for use of a practical immobiliser for large exotic animals.

Addition to Schedule 8 of "TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL
TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL and its alkyl homologues except:

  1. when separately specified in this Schedule;
  2. in hemp seed oil, containing 50 mg/kg or less of tetrahydrocannabinols, when labelled "Not for internal use" or "Not to be taken"; or
  3. in products for purposes other than internal human use containing 50 mg/kg or less of tetrahydrocannabinols"
To enable possession and use via issuance of an authority, other than under the NSW Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985.  

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Northern Territory

Departure from Part 4 of the Poisons Standard Justification Effect on suppliers or consumers
No variations    

Queensland

Departure from Part 4 of the Poisons Standard Justification Effect on suppliers or consumers
No variations

South Australia

Departure from Part 4 of the Poisons Standard Justification Effect on suppliers or consumers
No variations    

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Tasmania

See Poisons (Adoption of Uniform Standard) Order 2012

Departure from Part 4 of the Poisons Standard Justification Effect on suppliers or consumers
Addition to Schedule 7 of all substances in Appendix C of the Poisons Standard Poisons legislation in Tasmania only allows regulation of ‘scheduled’ substances. In order to regulate substances in Appendix C of the Poisons Standard, these substances have been added into Schedule 7.  
Addition to Schedule 8 of Indian Hemp seed. To permit industrial use.  

Victoria

Departure from Part 4 of the Poisons Standard Justification Effect on suppliers or consumers
No variations    

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Western Australia

See Poisons Act 1964 - Appendix A

Departure from Part 4 of the Poisons Standard Justification Effect on suppliers or consumers
Addition to Schedule 4 of SCAEVOLA SPINESCENS. To limit use of an extract of the plant for the treatment of cancer. Must be supplied as a prescription medicine.
Deletion from Schedule 6 of "ACETIC ANHYDRIDE excluding its derivatives", and its addition to Schedule 7. To limit use in the manufacture of illicit substances. May only be supplied or sold to approved persons.
Deletion from Schedule 7 of "NICOTINE in tobacco prepared and packed as nasal snuff" To permit use of nasal snuff.  

Addition to Schedule 7 of a group of chemical precursors:

  • GAMMA-BUTYROLACTONE
  • PHENYLACETIC ACID
  • 1-PHENYL-2-CHLOROPROPANE
  • 1-PHENYL-2-NITROPREPENE
  • 1-PHENYL-2-PROPANOL
  • 1-PHENYL-2-PROPANONE
  • 1-PHENYL-2-PROPANONE OXIME
To limit use as a precursor in the manufacture of illicit substances. May only be supplied or sold to approved persons.

Addition to Schedule 7 of a group of carcinogenic substances:

  • 2-ACETYL AMINOFLUORENE
  • ALPHANAPHTHYLAMINE
  • 4-AMINOBIPHENYL
  • BENZIDINE
  • BENZO(A)PYRENE
  • BETANAPHTHYLAMINE
  • BETA PROPRIOLACTONE
  • BIS-CHLOROMETHYL ETHER
  • 3,3'-DICHLOROBENZIDINE
  • METHYL CHLOROMETHYL ETHER
  • 4-NITROBIPHENYL
  • N-NITROSODIMETHYLAMINE
  • TOXAPHENE (CAMPHECHLOR)
To provide for supply controls due to the carcinogenic nature of the substances. Included in 1996.  
Addition to Schedule 8 of "11-NOR-9-CARBOXY TETRAHYDROCANNABINOL when used for analytical chemical analysis" To provide clarity that this substance is not subject to the same controls as a substance included in Schedule 9.  

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