Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 No 31
Division 2 Poisons List
8 Poisons List
(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
(2) The Poisons List shall contain 8 Schedules and the substances
included in the list shall be classified as follows:
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,
(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 veterinary
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.
Substances which 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
(6) The Poisons List may be amended or replaced by proclamation made
on the recommendation of the Minister and published on the NSW legislation
(7) An amendment of the Poisons List may be made by applying, adopting
or incorporating, with or without modification, the current Poisons Standard
(within the meaning of Part 5B of the Commonwealth Act) or any other published
standard, as in force at a particular time or as in force from time to
note. See Historical notes at the end of this Act for amendments to the