Medicines and Poisons Licences and Permits

Individuals or businesses may apply for a licence or permit to deal with a medicine or poison. Information on the different types of licences, as well as application forms may be found on this page.

Doctors who wish to become endorsed to treat drug-dependency may also apply using the Application for Endorsement to Treat Drug Dependency form below.

Licence and permit information

Dangerous Poisons Manufacturers and Suppliers Licence Information Sheet

Dangerous Poisons Manufacturers and Suppliers Licence Guidelines

First Aid Kit Licence Information Sheet

First Aid Kit Licence Guidelines

Research and Education Program Licence Information Sheet

Research and Education Program Licence Guidelines

Medicines Wholesalers and Pharmacy Medicines Rural Communities Licence Guidelines

Medicines Wholesalers Opioid Dependency Treatment Pharmacy Medicines Rural Communities Information Sheet

 Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods licences

A medicines and poisons licence is required by individuals or corporations to authorise dealings with a regulated substance when they are not otherwise authorised under legislation to deal with the regulated substance.

The following six licences varieties are available under a Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Licence form:

(1) First-aid kit licence

A first-aid kit licence may be required by registered nurses or ambulance paramedics to deal with scheduled medicines in administering first-aid to the community as part of their occupation. 

A first-aid kit licence only authorises individuals to deal with relevant medicines as specified on each licence. Evidence of the applicant’s professional registration or qualification must accompany any licence application along with medical support for the program. An annual fee is applied to this licence.

(2) Research & Education Program Licence

A research & education program licence may authorise a person and their supervisor to deal with scheduled medicines as part of an academic program or research project. Information about the project or program and the individual’s qualification and experience must accompany the application. An annual fee is applied to this licence.

(3) Medicines Wholesalers Licence

A medicines wholesalers licence may authorise a person to sell a licensed medicine by wholesale.  Evidence of the applicant’s professional qualification and proposed medicine storage requirements must accompany a medicines wholesalers licence application. An annual fee is applied to this licence.

(4) Pharmacy Medicines Rural Communities Licence

A pharmacy medicines rural communities licence allows authorised persons to obtain, possess and sell licensed medicines (at an approved premises) in order to enable access to pharmacy products in rural and remote areas.  A map of the proposed premises and distance from other pharmacies must accompany any application. An annual fee is applied to this licence. 

(5) Dangerous Poisons Manufacturers Licence

A dangerous poisons manufactures licence authorises a person to manufacture, possess and sell by wholesale an approved dangerous poison.  A plan of the proposed premises, manufacturing process, storage and security arrangements and evidence of the licence holder’s qualifications must accompany any application. An annual fee is applied to this licence. 

(6) Dangerous Poisons Suppliers Licence

A dangerous poisons suppliers licence authorises a person to obtain, possess and sell a licensed dangerous poison by purchase order. A plan of the proposed premises, storage and security arrangements and evidence of the supervisor’s qualification must accompany any application. An annual fee is applied to this licence. 

Please apply online or download and submit the below form to apply to Pharmaceutical Services for a medicines and poisons licence or to amend or cancel an existing licence.

Apply Online

Application for Medicines Poisons Therapeutic Goods Licence/Permit

Apply for an amendment to a Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Licence online or download PDF form.

Opioid Dependency Treatment Centre Licences

In the ACT, community pharmacies need to be licensed to dispense methadone or buprenorphine** for treatment of drug dependency. Pharmacists may apply to the Health Protection Service, to obtain an opioid dependency treatment licence using an Application for Opioid Dependency Treatment Centre Licence (Pharmacist).​

Pharmacists are also required to dispense methadone or buprenorphine** in accordance with the National Guidelines for Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence (2014). Pharmacists should also endeavour to comply with the Opioid Maintenance Treatment in the ACT: Local Policies and Procedures wherever possible.

A pharmacist that holds an Opioid Dependency Treatment Centre Licence at a community pharmacy must ensure that all pharmacists dispensing treatment have successfully completed a training program to allow the safe administration and/or dispensing of opioid maintenance treatment. Training requirements are outlined in the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods (Guidelines for treatment of opioid dependency) Approval 2018 (No 1).

**buprenorphine is taken to include buprenorphine or buprenorphine/naloxone

A pharmacist may amend or cancel an existing licence by using an Amendment to Opioid Dependency Treatment Centre Licence.

Public Employee Permit forms

A public employee permit is required for a public employee (public servant) who requires authorisation to a handle a regulated substance(s) as part of their public duties and they are not otherwise authorised under legislation to deal with regulated substance(s).

Please download and submit the below forms to apply to Pharmaceutical Services for a public employee permit. 

Apply Online

Application for Public Employee Permit

Amendment to Public Employee Permit

For further questions about medicines and poisons licences and permits, please contact Pharmaceutical Services on 6205 0998 or email hps@act.gov.au.