Review of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (NSW)

The NSW Ministry of Health is seeking feedback on the Exposure Draft Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Bill 2022 (Draft MPTG Bill) and the issues raised in the Discussion Paper which have been prepared for public consultation.

The Draft MPTG Bill is proposed to replace the current Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 (PTGA) which is the primary legislative framework governing the control of medicines, poisons, and therapeutic goods in NSW.

Medicines, poisons (chemicals) and therapeutic goods are an essential part of people's lives and our society. These substances bring many benefits to health and are necessary in many industries. However, the substances can also pose a risk to health and safety when used inappropriately.

The PTGA restricts who can manufacture, supply by wholesale, supply, prescribe, use, and administer these substances. The PTGA is over 50 years old, can be difficult to understand, and has not kept pace with changes in practice and industry. The Draft MPTG Bill seeks to ensure that the framework regulating medicines, poisons and therapeutic goods is contemporary, robust, safe, and efficient.

The Draft MPTG Bill will be supported by regulations, which will be the subject of a separate later consultation process.

The consultation period is open from 29 April 2022 to 9 June 2022.

Submissions should include the reference DG22/2088 and must be received by 9 June 2022. Submissions should be sent via email to or sent in hardcopy to:

MPTGB Project Team
Legal and Regulatory Services Branch
Ministry of Health
Locked Mail Bag 2030
St Leonards NSW 1590

The Draft MPTG Bill and a Discussion Paper are also available on the NSW Government's Have Your Say.

For more information

Email the project team at

Current as at: Friday 29 April 2022
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