General process for amending the Poisons Standard: Nicotine

4 August 2016
  • Scheduling is a national classification system that controls how medicines and poisons are made available to the public.
  • Medicines and poisons are classified into Schedules according to the required level of regulatory control over the substance availability to protect public health and safety.
  • A member of the public has submitted an application to exempt nicotine from the Poisons Standard when delivered by electronic nicotine delivery systems if below a certain concentration of nicotine.
  • A public notice on the proposed amendment to the Poisons Standard will be published in early August 2016 on the TGA website in which the public will be given an opportunity to provide submissions on the proposal. The consultation period will be open for 20 business days.
  • The proposal along with any public submissions will be considered at the joint meeting of the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling and the Advisory Committee on Chemical Scheduling in November 2016.
  • After considering advice from the advisory committees and public submissions, the delegate will make an interim decision. The interim decision will be published on the TGA website in February 2017, inviting further submissions from the public.
  • After considering any further submissions, the delegate is due to make a final decision which is published on the TGA website in March 2017.