Licence to manufacture controlled drugs - Queensland


You require this licence to operate as a manufacturer or wholesaler of schedule 8 medicines (controlled drugs). This licence allows you to sell controlled drugs, restricted drugs and poisons. Schedule 8 drugs include:

  • oxycodone
  • alprazolam
  • methylphenidate
  • medical cannabis.

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 a suitable person to hold the licence
  • hold the relevant experience and qualifications, as set out in the resource 'Qualifications'
  • ensure the premises to be used for manufacturing the controlled drug is suitable for the purposes.


This licence remains in effect for 12 months from the day it was granted. A renewal notice will be issued to you annually.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $731.50

Fees for 2021-22

Renew Renewal All $593.50

Fees for 2021-22

Application process


You can obtain this licence by completing the 'Medicines and poisons: manufacture and wholesale licence form' and submitting it with the appropriate fee and supporting documentation.

Before approval is granted an inspection of your business premises may be conducted to ensure that it complies with the requirements set out in the Act.


This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

The following conditions apply to all licences to manufacture controlled drugs. A controlled drug manufacturer must:

  • only keep or sell a controlled drug at the business premises listed on the licence
  • supervise all employees involved in the manufacture of controlled drugs
  • ensure a controlled drug is only handled by the licence holder or an adult employee.

Administering agency

Queensland Health

Public Health Regulation and Licensing

Contact details

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

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Public Health Regulation and Licensing

Queensland Health

Mailing address: PO Box 2368
Fortitude Valley
Queensland 4006
Phone: 07 3328 9310
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