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The Poisons Standard

The Poisons Standard consists of decisions regarding the classification of drugs and poisons into Schedules for inclusion in the relevant legislation of the States and Territories. The Poisons Standard also includes model provisions about containers and labels, a list of products recommended to be exempt from these provisions, and recommendations about other controls on drugs and poisons.

The Poisons Standard has been presented with a view to promoting uniform scheduling of substances and uniform labelling and packaging requirements throughout Australia.

Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP)

Revised scheduling arrangements

Revised scheduling arrangements for medicines and chemicals took effect on 1 July 2010 <http://www.tga.gov.au/ndpsc/scheduling-revised.htm>.

Among the changes the Poisons Standard, previously named the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons (SUSDP), becomes the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP).

The SUSMP

The Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP):

  • has replaced the SUSDP as a record of decisions regarding the classification of medicines and chemicals into Schedules for inclusion in relevant legislation of the states and territories;
  • includes model provisions about containers and labels, and recommendations about other controls on medicines and chemicals; and
  • will be registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments <http://www.frli.gov.au> as the Poisons Standard.

SUSMP 1 is the current edition. This is a consolidation of SUSDP No.24, its three Amendments, those decisions of the February and June 2010 NDPSC meetings that the Secretary, or a delegate of the Secretary, has agreed to include in SUSMP 1 (according to the transitional provisions set out in Schedule 1, Item 13 of the Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2009 Measures No. 2) Act 2009) and other amendments arising from final decisions made by the Secretary, or a delegate of the Secretary, and not referred to an expert advisory committee as defined under regulation 42ZCA or 42ZCU of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990.

The number of SUSMP Amendments and expected dates of issue of these Amendments have not yet been determined under the new scheduling arrangements. Such Amendments to the Poisons Standard will include recent decisions only and must be read in conjunction with SUSMP 1, rather than as stand-alone documents.

SUSMP electronic version

The SUSMP is available in electronic form, free of charge, on the ComLaw website at the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI). The FRLI is a repository and authoritative source of Commonwealth legislative instruments, explanatory statements and compilations of legislative instruments in electronic form.

Please note that the SUSMP goes by its legal title, the Poisons Standard, on FRLI. Additionally, rather than referring to the edition number, the publication will be named according to the year of publication (i.e. the year it is published on FRLI). For example, SUSMP No.1 is entitled Poisons Standard 2010 on FRLI. The naming convention used on FRLI and its correlation with the SUSMP is explained in the table below:

Title used/to be used on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments (FRLI) SUSMP Title
Poisons Standard 2010 SUSMP No.1
Poisons Standard Amendment No.2 of 2010 SUSMP No.1
Amendment No.1

The SUSMP 1 currently available on FRLI is available at:

  • SUSMP 1 (Poisons Standard 2010)
    <http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2010L02386>
  • SUSMP 1 Amendment 1 (Poisons Standard Amendment No.2 of 2010)
    <http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2010L03274>

SUSMP subscription order form

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SUSMP payment options

The SUSMP is available for purchase from National Mailing & Marketing Pty Ltd (NMM). Payment can be made by telephone, fax or email. Payment in advance is required, either by cheque, money order, credit card or EFT. NMM does not accept purchase orders and invoices will not be issued.

Please complete the attached order form and despatch to NMM as directed. The form will become a TAX INVOICE when fully completed (including the date) and payment is made.

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