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Wholesale licence

A person or company located in New South Wales may not supply by wholesale any substance which is for therapeutic use in humans or animals and which is included in Schedule 2, 3, 4 or 8 of the NSW Poisons List, unless they are licensed by the NSW Ministry of Health to do so.
 
Applications for supply by wholesale a poison and/or restricted substance for therapeutic use are handled by the Private Health Care Unit of the Ministry of Health.
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Authority for research, analysis or instruction

A suitably qualified person (a person in charge of a laboratory used for the purpose of research, analysis or instruction) may apply for authorisation to possess the following substances for the purpose of research, analysis, or instruction:
  • substances listed in Schedule 8 and 9 of the NSW Poisons List
  • prohibited substances in Schedule 1 of the NSW Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985.

Use the application form to apply for authorisation

Use the checklist for making an application

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Retail licence

A person may be licensed under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 to sell by retail substances in Schedule 2 of the NSW Poisons List.
 
Applications are handled by Private Health Care Unit of the Ministry of Health.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Authority for cyanide or other highly dangerous substance

Under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008, each of the following Schedule 7 substances is listed as a 'highly dangerous substance'. Their supply and use requires authorisation by the NSW Ministry of Health.

  • arsenic
  • cyanides
  • fluoroacetamide
  • fluoroacetic acid
  • hydrocyanic acid
  • strychnine
  • thallium

Use the application form for authorisation to possess cyanide.

Use the application form for the other substances.

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Private OTP clinic licence

Applications for licence renewal for an existing private clinic to supply drugs of addiction for the treatment of drug dependence, are handled by Private Health Care Unit of the Ministry of Health. 
 
Please note application for setting up a new private clinic will not be accepted.
 
 
 
 
 
Page Updated: Wednesday 1 March 2017