Authority to Prescribe Methadone or Buprenorphine under the NSW Opioid Treatment Program - New South Wales


You will require this authority if you intend to prescribe opioids to patients under the NSW Opioid Treatment Program (OTP).

The NSW OTP seeks to reduce the social, economic and health harms associated with opioid use and delivers pharmacotherapy and associated services to opioid dependent patients.

There are two types of authorisation:

  • To prescribe methadone or buprenorphine under the new NSW Opioid Treatment Plan.
  • For temporary interstate transfer to NSW Opioid Treatment Plan.

Please note that there are rules and guidelines that must be adhered to as part of this authorisation process.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Duty Pharmaceutical Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


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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

Eligible applications are generally processed within 2 business days.

Additional information

The commencement, duration and expiry are stated in the authority.

Administering agency

NSW Ministry of Health

Legal and Regulatory Services Branch

Pharmaceutical Regulatory Unit

Contact details

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