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Medicines & Poisons Control

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Medicines & Poisons Control Key Tasks

Medicines & Poisons Control is responsible for the monitoring and control of supply of Poisons (scheduled substances) and Therapeutic Goods in the Northern Territory.

Key tasks include:

  • issuing of licences, registrations and authorisations under legislation
  • inspections of premises for Legislation compliance (including storage, record keeping, packaging, labelling, advertising and supply)
  • scheduling of poisons (including medicines)
  • monitoring of Schedule 8 drug movements
  • issuing of authorisations for the NT Opiate Pharmacotherapy Program
  • secretariat support for the Schedule 8 Clinical Advisory Committee
  • secretariat support for the Pharmacy Premises Committee


The NT adopts by reference the Schedules published in the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) as published by the Commonwealth under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. More information about the SUSMP and the latest edition is available via the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2012

The Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2012 was assented to on 27 April 2012, but has not yet commenced. This legislation is intended to replace the Poisons and Dangerous Drugs Act 1983 and Regulations, and the Cosmetics and Therapeutic Goods Act 1986. Regulations are currently being prepared, and it is expected that the new legislation will commence early in 2014.

Consultation on Regulations to the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2012

Comments are being sought on the attached consultation draft of the regulations.
Please submit comments no later than 11 November 2013 to:

Attn: Helgi Stone
Medicines and Poisons Control
PO Box 40596, Casuarina NT 0811
Email: [click here to send email]
Fax: 08 8922 7200

Authorisations for Non-Medical Use of Drugs and Poisons

For information about Authorisations and application forms please contact Poisons Control on (08) 89227341.

Therapeutic Goods Recalls

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

Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

NT consumers are invited to return out of date or unwanted medicines to their local community pharmacy for destruction via the nationally funded Return Unwanted Medicines (RUM) scheme. No medicines are recycled; all are destroyed by approved waste disposal facilities.

Buying Medicines Online

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

Spray-Drift Complaints

For spray-drift complaints, please contact the Pollution Hotline on FREECALL (24hrs) 1800 064 567.

Contact Us

Medicines & Poisons Control
2nd Floor, Casuarina Plaza
258 Trower Road
Casuarina NT

PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811

Ph:  (08) 8922 7341
Fax: (08) 8922 7200
Email: [click here to send email]

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