Update: As of April 13 2018 state approval is no longer required for medicinal cannabis products. Please see this article for an overview of federal regulations
To prescribe medicinal cannabis products in Queensland, doctors must apply for federal approval from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), as well as gain state approval from the QLD health authority. This is regardless of which schedule listing the medical cannabis products are classified as. Approval forms can be downloaded from the TGA and State Health websites using the links displayed in the table below, or the CannabisAccess medical cannabis portal may be used for online submissions.
|State||Schedule Listing||TGA Approval Process||State Approval Process|
|Queensland||Schedule 4||SAS B||QLD Health Approval|
|Queensland||Schedule 8||SAS B||QLD Health Approval|
Submissions must be made on a per-patient basis and usually take between 1 – 6 days for approval.
Once approval is given from the TGA, the doctor / pharmacist will receive an approval certificate that must be provided to the medicinal cannabis product supplier before the product can be legally dispatched. Therefore a request to order / stock any medicinal cannabis product must always be accompanied by an approval letter from the TGA.
Once approval is given from the State Health Department, the doctor / pharmacist will receive a similar approval certificate. Before the product can be legally dispensed to a patient, the pharmacist must have received a copy of this certificate.
Additional checks are in place for in Queensland that require pharmacists to become qualified to stock and dispense medicinal cannabis. The study guide and regulations are listed here:
Once the above materials have been reviewed, dispensing approval can be gained using the forms below: