Public consultation on interim decisions to amend the Poisons Standard - ACMS, ACCS & Joint ACMS-ACCS MARCH 2023

Closed 10 Aug 2023

Opened 13 Jul 2023

Feedback updated 4 Sep 2023

We asked

Between 13 July 2023 to 10 August 2023, we sought submissions from the public on the Delegate’s interim decisions on substances previously discussed at the March 2023 meetings of the Advisory Committees on Medicines and Chemicals Scheduling. Respondents were given the choice to indicate their support or opposition to the proposed amendments using survey buttons, with or without a written response.

You said

A total of 6 submissions were received through the consultation, 1 from an individual and 5 from organisations. A breakdown of the submissions can be found below.

Celecoxib: 2 submissions were received for celecoxib, both supportive of the interim decision. Both submissions contained a written component in support.

Azelaic acid: 4 submissions were received, all in support of the interim decision. All 4 of the submissions provided a written component in support of the interim decision.

Bromoxynil: 1 submission was received in support of the interim decision which contained a written component.

Dioxane: 3 submissions were received, 2 in support and 1 in partial support of the interim decision.  All 3 responses contained a written component, 2 in support and 1 in partial support.

We did

The Delegates considered all submissions prior to making their final decision. The final decisions on the proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard were published on 4 September 2023.

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


Interim decisions regarding substances discussed at the expert advisory meetings. 

This consultation is for interim decisions made in relation to the other substances that were discussed at the March 2023 meetings of the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling (ACMS)and Advisory Committee on Chemicals Scheduling (ACCS) .

Kindly note that the interim decisions published below may differ from the initial proposal. Please read through the proposed interim decisions which can be accessed through the links below and are available on the consultation page for your convenience.

Once you are familiar with the interim decision, please provide your comments and votes in relation to the interim decision.

The closing date for this consultation is close of business 10 August 2023. All submissions received by the deadline will be considered by the delegate before they make an interim decision. 


The information contained within this consultation refers to self-poisoning that some people may find distressing. The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges the devastating effects associated with acts of self-harm on individuals, their families, friends and communities. If you or someone you know needs additional support, please contact any of the below crisis support helplines:

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The interim decisions under consultation are detailed in the Public notice of interim decisions March 2023 which can be accessed below: 

Substances for which public comment is sought:

  • Celecoxib
  • Bromoxynil
  • Dioxane
  • Azelaic acid

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 and Aged Care 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 committees, decisions on the proposed amendments are anticipated to be published as final decisions on the TGA website: Scheduling delegate's final decisions at a later date.


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