If you are authorised to prescribe medicines and you intend to prescribe a controlled medicine to a patient you will require this approval. Controlled medicines include:
- methyl phenidate
- growth hormones
- all other schedule 5 and 8 medicines
- remedies for alcoholic, drug and tobacco habits.
There are two kinds of approvals that are available:
- A standing approval, that is not applied for, that only permits prescribing controlled medicines for hospital in-patients, short-term treatment or opioid maintenance in certain institutions.
- A Chief Health Operator (CHO) approval that allows the provision of controlled medicines in all other circumstances.
CHO controlled medicine approvals must be applied for every time you intend to prescribe a controlled medicine for a patient.
Please use the contact details below to find out more information.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.
As specified on the approval.
You do not need to pay any fees.
Population Health Division
Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008 (Australian Capital Territory)
Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 (Australian Capital Territory)
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