Drugs and Poisons Regulation helps protect the community from the potential harm of medicines and chemicals. It does this by setting boundaries for the safe storage, prescribing, supply and use of medicines and chemicals. These boundaries are set out in the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 and Regulations 2017.
Drugs and Poisons Regulation educates organisations and health practitioners on the lawful storage, prescribing and supply of medicines and chemicals. It also monitors and acts on non-compliance.
New Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017
Victorian drugs and poisons legislation is applicable to the substances that are listed in the Australian Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons.
These are known as ‘scheduled’ substances, and legislative controls for these medicines and poisons vary according to their risk. Some of these controls include:
- defining who is authorised to possess certain scheduled substances
- regulations for prescribing, supply and use of scheduled medicines
- requirements for the storage of scheduled substances.
The following forms are available to complete and submit online:
1. Application for a permit to treat a patient with Schedule 8 drugs
2. Application for a permit to treat an opioid dependent person with methadone or buprenorphine
3. Notification of drug dependent person
4. Notification of forged or altered prescription
5. Notification of termination of methadone or buprenorphine program
6. Cancellation of Schedule 8 treatment permits
7. Application for a warrant to obtain, use, supply or prescribe restricted Schedule 4 medicines
The Treatment permit application and cancellation forms can now pre-fill with the Prescriber details.
8. Propose changes or review an existing licence or permit to obtain (and possibly supply) scheduled substances.
9. Apply for a new licence or permit to obtain (and possibly supply) scheduled substances
10. Make a notification of lost scheduled substance (for organisations to complete)
Access Online forms – Drugs and Poisons Regulation.