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Scheduling delegate's interim decisions and invitation for further comment: ACCS/ACMS, February 2016

Scheduling medicines and poisons

3 February 2016

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This consultation closed on 18 February 2016

Notice under subsections 42ZCZP of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 (the Regulations)

A delegate of the Secretary to the Department of Health hereby gives notice of delegate's interim decisions for amending the Poisons Standard (commonly referred to as the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons - SUSMP) under subsections 42ZCZP the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 (the Regulations). This notice also provides the reasons for each decision and the date of effect (the implementation date) of the decision.

The delegate's interim decisions and reasons relate to:

  • scheduling proposals initially referred to the November 2015 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling (ACCS#15); and
  • scheduling proposals initially referred to the November 2015 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS#16).

Pre-meeting public notice

A 'pre-meeting' public notice inviting submissions on the scheduling proposals referred to the expert advisory committees was published on 9 October 2015 on the TGA website at: Public notice about scheduling.

Redacted versions of public submissions received in response to ACCS items were published on 8 January 2016 at: Public submissions on scheduling matters. Redacted versions of public submissions received in response to ACMS items will be published on or after the date of this notice.

Interim decisions

This notice provides the interim decisions of the delegates, the reasons for those decisions and invites further submissions from the applicant and parties who made valid submissions in response to the original invitations for submissions (published on 6 August 2015 and 9 October 2015 for general scheduling applications and for AgVet and delegate-initiated scheduling application respectively at Consultation: Proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard (Medicines), ACMS meeting, November 2015 and Consultation: Proposed amendments to Poisons Standard - ACCS and ACMS meetings, November 2015). Edited versions of these submissions are available at Public submissions on scheduling matters.

Further submissions must be relevant to the proposed amendment, must address a matter mentioned in section 52E of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 and be received by the closing date 18 February 2016.

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, need not be considered by the delegate.

Please note that all valid submissions received on or before the closing date will be published following removal of confidential information. It is up to the person making the submissions to highlight any information which they wish to be considered as confidential. Material claimed to be commercial-in-confidence will be considered against the guidelines for the use and release of confidential information set out in Chapter 6 of the Scheduling Policy Framework for Medicines and Chemicals (SPF, 2015), issued by the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council (AHMAC).

Persons making submissions are strongly encouraged to lodge submissions in electronic format (word or unsecured PDF preferred) via the email address provided below. Submissions, preferably in electronic format, should be made to: for items referred to the Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling; and for items referred to the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling.

The closing date for further submissions is 18 February 2016.

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The consequences of not providing your personal information may result in the Department being unable to communicate with you about your submission.

The Department is unlikely to disclose your personal information it has collected as part of the public comment process to any other Department, body or person or to overseas recipients.

More information about the Department's management of personal information is contained in the Department's privacy policy. The Department's privacy policy contains information such as how you may access the personal information the Department holds about you, how you can seek correction of it, and how you may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles.

The Department's privacy policy is available on the Department of Health website.

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