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Revised poisons and medicines scheduling arrangements to be implemented on 1 July 2010

14 May 2010

Poisons and medicines scheduling is a national classification system that controls how chemicals and medicines are made available to the public. Scheduling of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines generally occurs through the APVMA's registration and reconsideration processes and is undertaken by a committee within the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA).

A revised legislative framework for the scheduling of chemicals, including new decision making powers will be implemented on 1 July 2010. Revised administrative arrangements include changes to the structure of the scheduling committee and new streamlined decision making processes.

The changes apply to:

  • all outstanding applications with the APVMA as of 1 July 2010
  • new scheduling applications received via the APVMA after 1 July 2010

Future changes affecting renaming of the Poisons Standard and cost recovery arrangements are also planned.

Detailed information concerning the revised scheduling arrangements and general information about the scheduling of medicines and poisons can be found on the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.

If you have any questions concerning the revised scheduling arrangements you can phone 02 6289 2584 or email