About us

We are responsible for administration of the NSW Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 and the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008.

The Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit is responsible for operational areas of regulatory compliance and the Chief Pharmacist Unit is responsible for policies and guidelines to complement the legislation.

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Medical practitioners

Medical practitioners must comply with provisions of the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods legislation when prescribing, administering, supplying and disposing scheduled medicines and poisons.

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Legislative requirements for pharmacists, including the supply of Schedule 8 drugs under the NSW Opioid Treatment Program, dispensing of prescriptions for psychostimulants and initiation and administration of influenza vaccine.

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Licences and authorisations

Apply for or renew a licence to supply by wholesale scheduled substances, or apply for an authority to obtain or supply a scheduled substance.

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Cannabis medicines

Requirements for prescribing and dispensing cannabis medicines including manufacture, wholesale supply and storage.

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Information on medication handling, procurement, storage, prescribing, supplying, dispensing and administration within the NSW hospital system.

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Residential care

Requirements for prescribing, dispensing and recording of scheduled substances at residential aged care facilities under the Poisons and Therapeutic Goods legislation.

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Patients and consumers

Information on managing chronic pain, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and treatment for opiate addiction.

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Other health practitioners

Other persons authorised to be in possession of S8 or S4D substances may include dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners, ambulance officers, veterinary practitioners, pharmaceutical wholesalers and pharmaceutical manufacturing licence holders, and persons in charge of a laboratory used for the purpose of analysis or research.

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Current as at: Thursday 29 April 2021
Contact page owner: Pharmaceutical Services