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Scheduling delegate's final decisions: ACMS, November 2015
Scheduling medicines and poisons
Notice under subsections 42ZCZS and 42ZCZX of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 (the Regulations)
A delegate of the Secretary to the Department of Health hereby gives notice of the delegates' final decisions for amending the Poisons Standard (commonly referred to as the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons - SUSMP) under subsections 42ZCZS and 42ZCZX of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 (the Regulations). This notice also provides the reasons for each decision and the date of effect (implementation date) of the decision.
The delegates' final decisions and reasons relate to:
- scheduling proposals initially referred to the August 2015 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS#15);
- scheduling proposals considered as delegate-only matters, i.e. not referred to an expert advisory committee.
Scheduling proposals referred to the expert advisory committees
Pre-meeting public notice
A 'pre-meeting' public notice inviting submissions on the scheduling proposals referred to the expert advisory committees was published on 2 April 2015 and the second public notice was published on 11 June 2015 at Consultation: Invitation for public comment - ACMS meeting, July 2015 and Consultation: Invitation for public comment - ACMS meeting, July 2015, respectively.
Edited versions of these public submissions received in response to this invitation were published on 6 October 2015 at Public submissions on scheduling matters referred to the ACMS #15, August 2015.
The delegate's interim decisions on recommendations by the ACMS#15 were published on 1 October 2015 at Reasons for the scheduling delegate's interim decision and invitation for further comment for the ACMS, October 2015. This public notice also invited further comment from the applicant and from those parties who made a valid submission in response to the original invitation for submissions.
Further submissions from parties other than those who made a valid submission in response to the original invitation or the applicant, or those received after the closing date, may not have been considered by the delegate.
Edited versions of valid public submissions received in response to the interim decisions will be published on or after 19 November 2015 and will be available at Public submissions on scheduling matters.
In accordance with subsection 42ZCZR of the Regulations, if a delegate makes an interim decision on an application, the delegate may make a final decision either, confirming, varying or setting aside the interim decision, but only after considering any relevant information submissions received in response to the interim decisions.
Matters not referred to an advisory committee
A delegate may decide not to refer a scheduling proposal to an expert advisory committee for advice and instead may make a delegate-only decision. When deciding not to refer a matter to a committee, the delegate considers the scheduling guidelines as set out in the Scheduling Policy Framework for Chemicals and Medicines (SPF, 2015), available at AHMAC - Scheduling policy framework for medicines and chemicals.
Publishing of the amendments to the Poisons Standard
The amendments to the Schedules, Appendices or other parts of the Poisons Standard are published electronically on ComLaw as amendments to the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) prior to the date of effect (implementation date) of the final decisions. Further information, including links to the Poisons Standard on ComLaw, is available at The Poisons Standard (the SUSMP).
- Part A - Final decisions on matters referred to an expert advisory committee
- Part B - Final decisions on matters not referred to an expert advisory committee