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The Poisons Standard (the SUSMP)

24 March 2020

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 Poisons Standard

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 month and year of publication (i.e. the month and year it is published on the FRL). For example, SUSMP No.7 is known as Poisons Standard June 2015 on FRL.

The current Poisons Standard consists of the SUSMP No. 27 (Poisons Standard February 2020) and its subsequent amendments, which should be read in conjunction with the Poisons Standard. These are available at the following links:

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

The Poisons Standard February 2020 (No. 27) is the current edition. This supersedes the Poisons Standard December 2019 (No. 26). The Poisons Standard February 2020 incorporates a small number of changes to the Poisons Standard December 2019. These changes are detailed in the explanatory statement supporting SUSMP 27 (Poisons Standard February 2020).

Amendments to the current Poisons Standards (Poisons Standard February 2020)

The amendments detailed below should be read in conjunction with the current Poisons Standard.

24 March 2020

The Poisons Standard Amendment (Hydroxychloroquine and Salbutamol) Instrument 2020 amends the Poisons Standard February 2020 in relation to the substances, hydroxychloroquine and salbutamol, principally to ensure the continued availability of medicines containing these substances in Australia during the public health emergency caused by the outbreak of the disease known as coronavirus disease (COVID-19). These changes are detailed in the explanatory statement.

20 February 2020

These changes are detailed in the explanatory statement supporting the Poisons Standard Amendment (Vonicog Alfa) Instrument 2020.