Authority to Possess and Use Pentobarbital (Pentobarbitone) for the Humane Destruction of Animals - New South Wales


You will need this authorisation if you intend to possess and use pentobarbital (pentobarbitone) for the purpose of the humane destruction of animals.

Any authority issued will be valid only while the authorised person is in the employment of the nominating Local Government Authority, Animal Welfare League or the RSPCA.

Pentobarbitone sodium is a barbiturate drug (a central nervous system depressant) that can be used for humane animal destruction (euthanasia).

Pentobarbitone sodium must be kept separately from all other goods in a secure location and is a requirement to keep a separate register of all pentobarbitone sodium that is obtained or used.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must be currently employed by a Local Government Authority (Council), Animal Welfare League or the RSPCA to be eligible for this authority.

Note: A veterinarian does not require an authority from NSW Ministry of Health to supply pentobarbital by virtue of them being a registered veterinary practitioner in their relevant state or territory.


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You do not need to pay any fees.

Act(s) name

Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 1966 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulation 2008 New South Wales

Application process


The processing time is dependent on all necessary information being available to the NSW Ministry of Health. Upon determination of an application a response regarding the outcome will be sent to the applicant.

Approval time

10 business days

Administering agency

NSW Ministry of Health

Legal and Regulatory Services Branch

Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit

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