Read the Drugs and Poisons Policy [2.70.13] if your work involves scheduled drugs or poisons, including:

  • procurement
  • storage
  • use
  • disposal
  • record keeping.

Scheduled substances

The Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 (Qld) regulates the manufacture, packaging, labelling, storage, prescription, dispensing, sale and supply, use and disposal of scheduled medicines and poisons.

Substances are assigned to 8 schedules in accordance with the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP), also known as the Poisons Standard. To determine the category or schedule of a drug or poison, consult the current Poisons Standard (SUSMP).

The Regulation applies to all UQ staff and students undertaking research or teaching involving scheduled substances. The full provisions of the legislation are complex. You should consult the Drugs and Poisons Policy [2.70.13] for key requirements that apply to all teaching and research activities.

Approval to work with scheduled substances

You must obtain approval from Queensland Health to use scheduled medicines or poisons for research or teaching purposes. Submit an 'Application for approval to use scheduled substances for non-therapeutic purposes at a university'.

Authorisation to purchase scheduled substances

Contact your area's Drugs and Poisons Officer if you need to purchase scheduled substances.

The Drugs and Poisons Officer will need to sign a letter to supplier of Schedule 4 drugs (PDF, 80KB) (staff login required) to provide evidence to suppliers that UQ is authorised to obtain Schedule 4 drugs and Schedule 2 and 3 poisons under the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996.

Usage logs

You must keep usage records for all Schedule 4, 7, 8 and 9 drugs. Use the scheduled drug usage log (PDF, 70.6KB) (staff login required) to record the amounts of drugs received and used.