Approval to Prescribe a Controlled Medicine - Australian Capital Territory


You will need approval if you intend to prescribe a controlled medicine to a patient. 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.

Service type


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Eligibility requirements

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Task Type Business Structure Description
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You do not need to pay any fees.

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

Administering agency

Health Directorate

Health Protection Service

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