To minimise the risk of toxicity if accidentally ingested by a child, most medicinal cannabis products need to be packaged using child-resistant closures. The exceptions are medicinal products in the form of plant material and those products described in section 6(2) of TGO 93.
The packaging is not child-proof - it should be difficult for young children to open but should not be difficult for adults to use properly. It is intended to provide a delay in the time taken by a child to open a package, thereby increasing the probability of adult intervention before the contents are fully accessible.
The requirements parallel those that apply to other medicinal products in Australia and are specified in sections 8, 9 and 10 of the separate Therapeutic Goods Order No. 95 - Child resistant packaging requirements for medicines 2017.
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.