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POISONS AND THERAPEUTIC GOODS ACT 1966 - SECT 8
(1) The proclamation of the Poisons List in force under this section
immediately before the commencement of Schedule 2 to the Poisons (Amendment)
Act 1987 continues in force at the commencement as the proclamation of the
Poisons List for the purposes of this Act.
(2) The Poisons List shall contain
9 Schedules and the substances included in the list shall be classified as
Substances which are of such extreme danger to life as to warrant
their being supplied only by medical practitioners, nurse practitioners
authorised under section 17A, midwife practitioners authorised under that
section, pharmacists, dentists, veterinary practitioners or persons licensed
under Part 3.
Substances which are dangerous to life if misused or carelessly
handled, but which should be available to the public for therapeutic use or
other purposes without undue restriction.
Substances which are for
therapeutic use and--
(i) about which personal advice may be required by the
user in respect of their dosage, frequency of administration and general
(ii) with which excessive unsupervised medication is unlikely, or
(iii) which may be required for use urgently so that their supply only on the
prescription of a medical practitioner or veterinary practitioner would be
likely to cause hardship.
Substances which in the public interest should be
supplied only upon the written prescription of a medical practitioner, nurse
practitioner authorised to prescribe the substance under section 17A, midwife
practitioner authorised to prescribe the substance under that section,
dentist, optometrist authorised to prescribe the substance under section 17B,
podiatrist authorised to prescribe the substance under section 17C or
Poisonous substances of a dangerous nature commonly
used for domestic purposes which should be readily available to the public but
which require caution in their handling, use and storage.
should be readily available to the public for agricultural, pastoral,
horticultural, veterinary, photographic or industrial purposes or for the
destruction of pests.
Substances of exceptional danger which require special
precautions in their manufacture or use.
Substances which are addiction
producing or potentially addiction producing.
Substances which are specified
in Schedule 9 of the current Poisons Standard (within the meaning of Part 6-3
of the Commonwealth Act).
Note : Substances in Schedule 9 are substances which
may be abused or misused, the manufacture, possession, sale or use of which
should be prohibited by law except when required for medical or scientific
research, or for analytical, teaching or training purposes with the approval
of Commonwealth or State or Territory Health Authorities. The Poisons Standard
is available in electronic form, free of cost, at www.comlaw.gov.au.
Poisons List may be amended or replaced by proclamation made on the
recommendation of the Minister and published on the NSW legislation website.
(7) An amendment of the Poisons List may be made by applying, adopting or
incorporating, with or without modification, provisions of the current Poisons
Standard (within the meaning of Part 6-3 of the Commonwealth Act) or any other
published standard, as in force at a particular time or as in force from time
Editorial note : See the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods (Poisons
List) Proclamation 2016 and the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 of the
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