The role of the Pharmaceutical Services section of the Health Protection Service is to ensure the safe supply of medicines, poisons and therapeutic goods to the ACT community.
The section is responsible for conducting a range of regulatory activities for ensuring that medicines and/or poisons are prescribed, stored and supplied in accordance with local legislation. The section is also responsible for regulating community pharmacy ownership and premises in the ACT.
Pharmaceutical Services is also responsible for distributing information across the ACT community about medicine and therapeutic goods recalls, to ensure that the public is protected from any harm from the use of sub-standard or unsafe products.
Supply of Kava at Declared Public Events
In recognition of the cultural importance of kava customs to Pacific Island people, an exemption can be made under the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008 (the Act) that allows the supply of kava at Declared Public Events.
Applications are assessed by the Health Protection Service. Kava can only be supplied at Declared Public Events under certain conditions. It is illegal to supply kava without an exemption under the Act.
or download the Application for a Declared Public Event (Kava) form
An exemption to supply kava at the National Multicultural Festival has been granted. Additional information about this exemption is available below.
New Real-Time Reporting system to be introduced in ACT pharmacies
The Health Protection Service (HPS) is pleased to announce that it will be implementing a real time reporting system for controlled medicines (S8s) for ACT pharmacies.
The new system will improve the monitoring of controlled medicine prescribing and supply in the ACT to minimising the public health risks associated with the misuse, abuse and diversion of controlled medicines.