Any substance (ingredient) can be a 'poison' and cause harm if used incorrectly or taken at the wrong dose. This guidance helps sponsors and manufacturers of therapeutic goods to understand and use the Poisons Standard to determine if any restrictions apply to their product.
The Poisons Standard has been developed to ensure the safe handling of substances in Australia. It provides a uniform approach to control the availability and accessibility of substances that can be used as ingredients in medicines as well as cosmetics, agricultural products or household cleaners. The Poisons Standard is given legal effect through State and Territory legislation.
The Poisons Standard also includes provisions about containers and labels with a view to promoting uniform labelling and packaging requirements throughout Australia.
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.