The Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP) is a document that despite the fact it does not actually hold any legal standing in Australia (as the different states have their own drug laws, but this is usually based heavily on the SUSMP), it usually gives one pretty accurate guides as to the legal status of the availability/distribution of drugs (such as which drugs can be advertised on TV, in magazines, etc.) and as to who can and who cannot sell/prescribe drugs. The latest version may be found here.
The SUSMP includes eight distinct schedules, numbered 2 to 9. Schedule 1 is intentionally left blank. Schedule 2 are pharmacy medicines, that is, drugs that can only be sold in a pharmacies (although personal permits are sometimes given out), although they can be sold by any adult (over the age of 16) employees of these pharmacies without a pharmacist taking any part in the transaction. There is no need for a prescription for these medicines. Schedule 3 consists of pharmacist-only medicines, which are medicines that can be dispensed by a pharmacist only, that is, a pharmacist must have some role in the transaction. Schedule 4 consists of prescription-only medicines for either humans or animals. Schedules 5-7 are poisons that become increasingly restricted as the schedule number goes up. Schedule 8 consists of controlled drugs that are illegal to possess without authority (like a prescription or due to one supplying the drug for therapeutic use [like a nurse giving the drug to a patient in hospital or a pharmacist dispensing the drug at a pharmacy]), but are perfectly legal for medical use. There are also tighter controls on the distribution and use so as to prevent misuse. Schedule 9 consists of prohibited drugs that are illegal to possess except for select research purposes.
The appendices of SUSMP as are follows:
|B||Substances considered not to require control by scheduling|
|C||Substances, other than those included in Schedule 9, of such danger to health as to warrant prohibition of sale, supply and use|
|D||Additional controls on possession or supply of poisons included in Schedule 4 or 8|
|E||First aid instructions for poisons|
|F||Warning statements and general safety directions for poisons|
|H||Schedule 3 poisons permitted to be advertised|
|I||Uniform Paint Standard|
|J||Conditions for availability and use of Schedule 7 poisons|
|K||Drugs required to be labelled with a sedation warning|
|L||Requirements for dispensing labels for human and veterinary medicines|
- SUSMP 2012 edition: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2012L01200/9b6950aa-1fcc-4084-a84a-46b1345a0165 (in PDF format)
- SUSMP 2013 edition: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2013L01607/229bdf2e-7014-4379-b751-0b584f55d699 (also in PDF format).