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About poisons and prohibited substances

From 27 September 2021, the Medicines and Poisons Act 2019 (MPA) and supporting regulations replace the repealed Health Act 1937Pest Management Act 2001, Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 (HDPR), Health Regulation 1996 and Pest Management Regulation 2003 with a new regulatory framework. The MPA modernises and streamlines the regulation of medicines, poisons, pesticides and fumigants, simplifies existing licence requirements and improves national uniformity.

The Medicines and Poisons (Poisons and Prohibited Substances) Regulation 2021 (Poisons Regulation) together with the Medicines and Poisons (Medicines) Regulation 2021 replaces the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation.

Key objectives of the Poisons Regulation include:

  • protecting the public from the health risks associated with the inappropriate access to, and use of, poisons
  • adopting a contemporary approach to regulating pesticides and fumigants in Queensland that introduces a more responsive and outcomes-focused regulatory framework
  • streamlining the regulatory controls governing poisons to reduce the associated regulatory costs for industry, consumers and government
  • enhancing consistency with national regulatory frameworks by implementing nationally-agreed decisions in relation to the regulation of poisons
  • improving security controls in the use and storage of poisons to prevent diversion for unlawful purposes.

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Last updated: 28 October 2022