Public consultation on proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard (sodium nitrite) - Joint ACMS-ACCS, June 2021

Closed 27 May 2021

Opened 27 Apr 2021

Feedback updated 19 Dec 2022

We asked

Public consultation was held between 27 April 2021 and 27 May 2021 on scheduling proposals referred to the June 2021 Joint meeting of the Advisory Committee on Medicines and Chemicals Scheduling held on 23 June 2021.


You said

Respondents provided feedback on the proposed changes to the Poisons Standard regarding sodium nitrite. We received seven submissions in response to the public consultation.

We did

The Delegate considered all submissions prior to making an interim decision on these proposals. The interim decision was published on 12 October 2021 on the TGA website.

Published responses

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Scheduling amendments referred to expert advisory committee

This consultation is for a delegate initiated proposal to amend the Poisons Standard. The scheduling amendments and any submissions received will be considered at the June 2021 joint meeting of the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS) and the Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling (ACCS).

The closing date for this consultation is close of business 25 May 2021. All submissions received by the deadline will be considered by the delegate before they make an interim decision.

The proposals under consultation are detailed in the pre-meeting public notice in relation to sodium nitrite - Joint ACMS-ACCS, June 2021.

Substance for which public comment is sought

  • Sodium nitrite

What happens next

All public submissions will be published on the TGA website at Public submissions on scheduling matters, unless marked confidential or indicated otherwise in the submission information (see Privacy and your Personal information).

Public submissions are an important part of the process for amending the Poison Standard, and are published on the TGA website using the consultation hub.  Submissions by the public may not reflect the views of the Department of Health or TGA.  Published submissions should not be taken as being endorsed by the Department or TGA.

Following consideration of public submissions received before the closing date and advice from the expert advisory committee/s, decisions on the proposed amendments are anticipated to be published as interim decisions on the TGA website: Scheduling delegate's interim decisions & invitations for further comment in October 2021 .


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