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Environmental Health Branch - Drugs and Poisons Policy and Regulation Unit

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Uniform controls of poisons
Role of Drugs and Poisons Policy and Regulation Unit
Key issues
Legislation and Standards
Key partners
Drugs and Poisons Policy and Regulation Resources
Drugs and poisons licensing and approvals
Schedule of licensing fees

What's New - Uniform controls of poisons

Strategies to implement a national approach to poisonous chemical controls - COAG Consultation Regulation Impact Statement - National Coordinating Committee on Therapeutic Goods

On 17 August 2012, the Standing Council on Health (SCOH) released a consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on strategies to implement a national approach to poisonous chemical controls, as set out in the Standard for Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP).

The consultation RIS considers options to improve national consistency of poisonous chemical regulation. Currently, inconsistencies exist in the nature and level of poisonous chemical controls, and how they are applied across jurisdictions. It is argued that these inconsistencies directly increase compliance costs for business, and indirectly for consumers, without improving regulatory outcomes.

Feedback from stakeholders is sought on options for reform in the areas of regulation relating to controls of chemicals in Schedules 5, 6 and 7 of the SUSMP, and a selection of Appendices in the SUSMP. The following controls have been analysed: storage, disposal, labelling, packaging, record keeping, advertising and hawking / supply of product samples. Options to create national consistency for Appendix C, Appendix I and Appendix J have also been outlined.

The consultation RIS was prepared by the National Coordinating Committee on Therapeutic Goods and meets Office of Best Practice Regulation requirements.

The consultation period closes on 17 September 2012.

View the Regulatory Impact Statement consultation paper (PDF 868KB)

After consideration of public comment on the Consultation RIS, a final RIS was prepared to assist Government consideration of the next steps to provide unity to the controls on poisons.

View the Decision Regulatory Impact Statement

Role of Drugs and Poisons Policy and Regulation Unit

Queensland Health's Drugs and Poisons Policy and Regulation Unit is a key agency for legislation and policy development and standards involving drugs and poisons in Queensland, including:

The Unit:

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Key issues

In Queensland, the Drugs and Poisons Policy and Regulation Unit maintains the coordination, management and response of the following aspects relating to medicines and poisons:

The Unit supports Queensland's role in:

The Unit also has enforcement responsibilities, including providing advice, leadership and support to Queensland Health Public Health Units, related to the following:

The Unit also has statewide responsibility for the following:

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Legislation and Standards

The Drugs and Poisons Policy and Regulation Unit is responsible for the development and implementation of the following legislation, as it relates to medicines and poisons, in Queensland:

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Key partners

National

Queensland

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Drugs and Poisons Policy and Regulation Resources

Please see the links below for information about medicines and poisons, and pharmacy ownership, as it applies to health practitioners, industry and the public.

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Drugs and poisons licensing and approvals

Application processes and contact information for Drugs, Poisons, Pest Management and Pharmacy Ownership

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Schedule of licensing fees

Schedule of licensing fees - Licences involving scheduled medicines (drugs and poisons) and pest management technicians.

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Last Updated: 21 October 2013
Last Reviewed: 21 October 2013