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Schedule 8 Substances Code of Practice

The Code of Practice Schedule 8 Substances (Volumes 1 & 2) came into effect on 1 May 2014 with the commencement of the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act and Regulations. The prescribing and supply of Schedule 8 substances must conform with this Code as well as the Act and Regulations.

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Document Description

Code of Practice S8s - Volume 1 (209KB)

Code of Practice S8 Substances

Code of Practice S8s - Volume 2 (64KB)

Code of Practice S8 Substances

Appendix A - Notification of Supply of an Unrestricted S8 Substance (62KB)

Appendix A

Notification Form

Appendix B - Application for Authority to Prescribe a Restricted S8 Psychostimulant Medication (61KB)

Appendix B

Application Form

Appendix C - Application for Authority to Prescribe a Restricted S8 Substance for Addiction (59KB)

Appendix C

Application Form

Appendix D - Clinical Assessment for the Level of Supervised Dosing (61KB)

Appendix D

Assessment Tool

Appendix E1 - Application for Variation to Regular OSD Takeaway USD - Buprenorphine, Naloxone (70KB)

Appendix E1

Application Form

Appendix E2 - Application for Variation to Regular OSD Takeaway USD - Methadone, Buprenorphine (70KB)

Appendix E2

Application Form

Appendix F - Applications for OSD Takeaway USD for Travel (58KB)

Appendix F

Application Form


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General Medications Contract (34KB)

Patient Contract Form

Opiate Pharmacotherapy Contract (34KB)

Patient Contract Form

Benzodiazepines Contract (35KB)

Patient Contract Form

Drug Loss Discrepancy Report Form (25KB)

Report Form

Information Sheets

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Storage and Disposal of S8 Substances (49KB)

May 2014


Requirements of Prescriptions for S8 Substances (53KB)

May 2014


Summary of Requirements for Medical Practitioners (53KB)

May 2014


Information for Patients on S8 Medications (51KB)

May 2014


Interstate S8 Prescriptions (52KB)

May 2014


Medical Practitioner Guide to Supplying Isotretinoin (47KB)

May 2014


Self-Prescription and Self-Administration of S8 and Restricted S4 Substances (48KB)

May 2014


The Scheduled Substances Clinical Advisory Committee (48KB)

May 2014


Voluntary Contract Notification Scheme (46KB)

May 2014


Patient Delivered Partner Therapy (47KB)

Nov 2015


Interstate Health Departments - S8 Drug Monitoring (44KB)Nov 2014320.9
Changes for Medical Practitioners under MPTGA (55KB)Jan 2015320.10

Scheduled Substances Clinical Advisory Committee (CLAC) Publications

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Changing from Restricted to Non-Restricted S8 Medication (Adobe PDF document - 173KB)

May 2006

Information on CLAC can be found here.

Recommended Reading on Treatment of Pain

Document TitleSource
Opioid Recommendations in General PracticeNSW Health - Pain Management Network
MedicineWise News PainNational Prescribing Service (NPS)

Schedule 8 (S8) Website

The S8 Website enables Medical Practitioners to access the weekly updated Contract List. The list combines both Top End and Alice Springs contracts and details the patients, contracting doctors and pharmacies.

If any of these patients presents at your surgery seeking narcotics or benzodiazepines (flunitrazepam, temazepam, diazepam, nitrazepam, clonazepam etc.), you are strongly advised to refer them back to their contracted prescriber to ensure they receive complete medication management.

Please notify Medicines & Poisons Control if there are any changes that need to be made to the contract list. We rely on general practitioners and community pharmacists for the accuracy of the contract list.

Storage and Transport

Businesses, organisations and health professionals producing/supplying Schedule 8 (Controlled Drugs) need to comply with the following the Code of Practice S8 Substances - Volume 2

Therapeutic Goods Recalls

Please see the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website for a listing of Australian product recalls for medicines, and therapeutic devices and tests.

Buying Medicines Online

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has developed some web content to advise consumers about buying medicines online.