New Residential Medication Chart Requirements in Victoria

This article applies to organisations who supply Schedule 8 poisons.

Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Residential Medication Chart) Regulations No.73 2020 (Vic)

On 23 July 2020, the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Residential Medication Chart) Regulations 2020 No.73 (Vic) (the Amending Regulations) amended the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2017 (Vic) (the Regulations).

Supply of a Schedule 8 poison from a residential medication chart

The purpose of the Amending Regulations is to provide for the supply of a Schedule 8 poison from a residential medication chart that is an electronic medication chart. An electronic medication chart is a medication chart in an electronic form in accordance with the requirements of the National Health (Pharmaceutical Benefits) Regulations 2017 (Cth).

More specifically, the newly introduced regulation 30A prohibits a registered medical practitioner from writing a chart instruction on a residential medication chart unless (in the case of a Schedule 8 poison), the residential medication chart is an electronic medication chart.

In addition, the newly inserted regulation 31A in the Regulations prohibits a dentist from writing a chart instruction on a residential medication chart unless (in the case of a Schedule 8 poison), the residential medication chart is an electronic medication chart.

Moreover, the newly inserted regulation 32A in the Regulations prohibits a nurse practitioner from writing a chart instruction on a residential medication chart unless (in the case of a Schedule 8 poison), the residential medication chart is an electronic medication chart.

Essentially, the newly inserted regulations 30A, 31A and 32A prohibit the relevant health practitioners mentioned above, from writing a chart instruction on a residential medication chart for a Schedule 8 poison if the residential medication chart is in paper form.

It is important to note that a breach of regulations 30A, 31A, and 32A results in a penalty of 100 penalty units (currently $16,522.00) being incurred.

Conclusion

Organisations should ensure relevant clinical staff are made aware of the new changes in relation to the supply of Schedule 8 poisons from a residential medication chart.


Contact

For further information please contact the Law Compliance team:

Phone: 1300 862 667

Email: info@lawcompliance.com.au

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