Authorisation to Use or Possess S4, S7 or S8 Poisons - Northern Territory


You will need this authorisation if you intend to possess drugs for non-medical purposes, this includes:

  • dangerous poisons - Schedule 7
  • prescription only medicines - Schedule 4
  • controlled drugs - Schedule 8.

People who may need to use scheduled medicines include: rangers, researchers or animal control officers. People who may need to use dangerous poisons include: power and water workers, welders or mine workers.

Only the authorised person or somebody under their direct supervision can use the medicines or poisons. You can only use the medicines or poisons for the purpose stated.

You will not require authorisation to use schedule 5 or 6 substances.

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 licence, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • your organisation has procedures and guidelines for use of the medicines and poisons that: promote safe handling, use and disposal; have been endorsed by a veterinarian, if substances are for use on animals; address storage and record keeping requirements
  • a relationship between your organisation and a veterinarian able to advise you and check your skills, if substances are for use on animals
  • the substances will be stored safely
  • you understand the need for accurate records of purchase and use
  • the arrangements your organisation has to return or dispose of medicines and poisons
  • evidence of personal safety equipment and antidotes, if appropriate.


One, two, or three years.


$60 per year

Act(s) name

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2012 Northern Territory

Regulation(s) name

Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Regulations 2014 Northern Territory

Administering agency

Department of Health

Medicines and Poisons Control

Contact details

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Medicines and Poisons Control

Department of Health

Operating address: 2nd Floor
Casuarina Plaza
Casuarina NT 0810
Mailing address: Attention: Medicine & Poisons Control
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Phone: 08 8922 7341
Fax: 08 8922 7200
Website: Medicines and Poisons Control (Opens in new window)