To prescribe or supply a Schedule 8 cannabis medicine in NSW, the prescriber must:
The TGA has an online system to apply for authorisation to prescribe or supply unregistered cannabis medicines under the Special Access Scheme (SAS). This online system is available on the
Prescribers are encouraged to use the TGA’s online system for SAS applications.
Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 sets the controls on the prescribing and supply of Schedule 8 cannabis medicines in NSW. To prescribe or supply a Schedule 8 cannabis medicine, an application to NSW Health is required in certain circumstances. These are where:
Prescribers are encouraged to use the TGA’s online system for SAS applications to NSW to prescribe or supply unregistered Schedule 8 cannabis medicines as this provides a streamlined application pathway. This online system is available on the
TGA’s website.A medical practitioner must submit an application
directly to NSW Health:
The form Application for Authority to Prescribe or Supply a Schedule 8 Cannabis Medicine for Human Therapeutic Use is to be used in these circumstances.
A NSW Authority is not required in the following circumstances:
prescribing or supplying extemporaneously compounded Schedule 8 medicines or unregistered Schedule 8 medicines other than cannabis medicines is available.
Pathways for registered and unregistered Schedule 8 cannabis medicines under the Special Access Scheme.
Authorised Prescriber and Clinical Trial pathways for Schedule 8 cannabis medicines.
For more information, visit prescribing compounded medicines.
Fact sheet for medical practitioners - Legal access to cannabis based medicines.