Controlled Medicines Approval - Australian Capital Territory

Service summary

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:

  • opioids
  • benzodiazepines
  • barbiturates
  • amphetamines
  • 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.

Service type

Licence

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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.

Duration

As specified on the approval.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

You do not need to pay any fees.

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
Holder
Australian Capital Territory 2611
Mailing address:
Locked Bag No.5005
Weston Creek
Australian Capital Territory 2611

Phone:

02 6207 3974

Fax:

02 3205 0997
HealthACT@act.gov.au

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