Health Act 1937 - Queensland

Service summary

The purpose of the Health Act 1937 is to preserve and enhance the standards of public health in Queensland and to protect the public interest in terms of public health.

Under the Health Act 1937 provision is made for the issue of licenses to, and the regulation of, manufacturers, wholesalers, and sellers of drugs and poisons. It also provides for the labeling of drugs and poisons

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Health Regulation 1996
  • Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996

The following Guides or Booklets are available:

  • What Doctors Need to Know
  • What Nurses Need to Know
  • A Quick Reference Guide for Pharmacists
  • What Dentists Need to Know
  • What Veterinary Surgeons Need to Know
  • What Wholesale Representatives Need to Know.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

The Chief Executive Officer may appoint environmental health officers and other authorised officers (including police officers) to enforce compliance with the Act. These officers have powers to enter and search premises (including vehicles), seize evidence relating to offences and serve notices.

Offences may be prosecuted in court and can result in fines. Cancellation or suspension of licences may also result.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

Licencees of scheduled drugs and poisons may appeal to a Magistrate's Court against a decision by the Chief Executive Officer to refuse, suspend or cancel a licence.

Administering agency

Queensland Health
Environmental Health Branch
Health Protection Directorate

Contact details

Queensland Health
Environmental Health Branch
Health Protection Directorate

Operating address:
Level 1, 15 Butterfield Street
Queensland 4006
Mailing address:
PO Box 2368


07 3328 9310


07 3328 9296

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