Controlled Medicines Approval - Australian Capital Territory


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


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.


As specified on the approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

You do not need to pay any fees.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Approval to Prescribe a Controlled Medicine - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Act(s) name

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008 ACT

Regulation(s) name

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 ACT

Administering agency

Health Directorate

Population Health Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Pharmaceutical Services

Population Health Division

Health Directorate

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
Phone: 02 6207 3974
Fax: 02 3205 0997