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Guiding legislation and drug therapy protocols


Health Act 1937 Provides the head of power for regulation-making and monitoring, investigation and enforcement for the subordinate regulation, and a range of other residual provisions about the sale of adulterated drugs and labelling.

Pest Management Act 2001 Sets out the requirements for person seeking to carry act pest control activities.

Pest Management Regulation 2003 Sets out the competencies and other requirements for person seeking to carry act pest control activities.

Pharmacy Business Ownership Act 2001 Specifies who can own a pharmacy, limits the pecuniary interest of pharmacists owning pharmacy businesses and change of ownership reporting obligations as well as the requirement for a pharmacist to be present when the business is open.


Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 Sets out requirements on endorsement holders concerning scheduled drugs and poisons including obligations around storage, record keeping and sale.

  • Certified written policy (PDF 150 kB) relating specifically to packing and repacking of medicines when supplied by RNs, Indigenous health workers and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners
  • Position statement (PDF 53 kB) - relating to the National Residential Medication Chart Initiative enabling a prescribed medicine from a residential aged care medication chart to be dispensed
  • Pharmacist vaccination standard (PDF 131 kB) establishes the requirements for a pharmacist who wants to participate in the pharmacist vaccination program in Queensland.

Health Regulation, 1996 Sets out requirements around dispensing and dispensaries and the labelling of therapeutic goods and other drugs.

Queensland Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation Amendments

Amendments to the Queensland Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 have been approved by Queensland’s Governor in Council, effective 9 November 2018. The professions affected include clinical perfusionists, endorsed optometrists, endorsed midwives, endorsed podiatrists, nuclear medicine technologists, nurse practitioners, optometrists, physiotherapists, respiratory scientists and speech pathologists. Read further information on the changes as they relate to each profession.

Drug therapy protocols

Drug therapy protocols are made under various sections of the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 and state the circumstances and conditions under which certain authorised persons are able to do certain activities defined by the regulations and scope of the protocol.

Last updated: 19 June 2020