Authority to Prescribe a Schedule 8 Drug (Drug of Addiction) - New South Wales


You will need this authorisation if you intend to prescribe a drug of addiction to a patient under specified circumstances in NSW.

A drug of addiction is any substance that is classified a Schedule 8 substance in the NSW Poisons List. The NSW Ministry of Health may authorise medical practitioners to prescribe drugs of addiction, including opioid medications for chronic pain management.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this authority you must be an authorised practitioner, such as a:

  • medical practitioner
  • nurse practitioner
  • midwife practitioner
  • dentist.

You will need to ensure that you meet the legal requirements regarding the specific circumstances this authority will be granted. Further restrictions to prescribe certain Schedule 8 substances may apply.


As specified


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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.

Approval time

Eligible applications for Authority to Prescribe an Unregistered or (Pharmacy) Extemporaneously - Compounded Schedule 8 Product are generally processed within 30 business days. Eligible applications to Prescribe and Supply Schedule 8 Cannabis Medicine for Human Therapeutic Use are generally processed within 2 business days. All other eligible applications are generally processed within 7 business days.

Administering agency

NSW Ministry of Health

Legal and Regulatory Services Branch

Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit

Contact details

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