Controlled Medicines Research and Education Program Licence - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to conduct research or educational programs that involve dealing with licensed controlled medicines, dangerous poisons, or prohibited substances.

Controlled medicines and prohibited substances include, but are not limited to:

  • Opioids;
  • Benzodiazepines;
  • Barbiturates;
  • Amphetamines;
  • Methyl phenidate;
  • Phenyl acetic acid;
  • Kava;
  • Ammonium nitrate;
  • Anabolic steroids;
  • Thalidomide;
  • Growth hormones;
  • All schedule 5 and 8 medicines; and
  • Remedies for alcoholic, drug and tobacco habits.

The Agency has advised that they should be consulted in regards to any dealings with dangerous poisons. Please use the contact details below to find out more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this licence you must:

  • Submit a written application;
  • Have completed the approved academic and professional qualifications;
  • Have the required knowledge, training and experience;
  • Provide an explanation and details of why you will require the use of these medicines; and
  • Comply with any other requirements that may be set.

Please consult with the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Licences are usually issued for 1 year, however licences up to 3 years may be available subject to some limitations.



Amendment of a licence: $36.

Administering agency

Health Directorate
Population Health Division

Act(s) name

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008 (Australian Capital Territory)

Regulation(s) name

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 (Australian Capital Territory)

Contact details

Pharmaceutical Services
Health Directorate
Population Health Division

Operating address:
Howard Florey Centenary House,
25 Mulley Street
Australian Capital Territory 2611
Mailing address:
Locked Bag No.5005
Weston Creek
Australian Capital Territory 2611


02 62073974


02 32050997


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