Read the Drugs and Poisons Policy [2.70.13] (currently under review) 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 10 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

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

Approval to purchase scheduled substances

Only the Vice-Chancellor or their appropriately qualified delegate is authorised to obtain, possess or give a restricted drug or Schedule 2 or 3 poison to faculty or staff members for the purposes of teaching or research. Refer to Sections 179A and 265A of the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 (Qld) for more information.

If you need to purchase a restricted drug (Schedule 4) or a Schedule 2 or 3 poison, the Vice-Chancellor's delegate must:

For more information about the roles and responsibilities of delegates, read the:

If you need to purchase other scheduled substances, such as Regulated Schedule 7 poisons and all Schedule 8 or 9 poisons, contact your area's Drugs and Poisons Officer.

Usage logs

You must keep usage records for all scheduled substances to record the amounts of drugs received and used.