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Departments Herbal Medicine Scheduling Information

The following has been taken directly from Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Drugs & Poisons written by the Australian Government. (Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council).


Schedule 1 -

Schedule 2 - Poisons for therapeutic use that should be available to the public only from pharmacies; or where there is no pharmacy service available, from persons licensed to sell Schedule 2 poisons.

Schedule 3 - Poisons for therapeutic use that are dangerous or are so liable to abuse as to warrant their availability to the public being restricted to supply by pharmacists or medical, dental or veterinary practitioners.

Schedule 4 - Poisons that should, in the public interest, be restricted to medical, dental or veterinary prescription or supply, together with substances or preparations intended for therapeutic use, the safety or efficacy of which requires further evaluation.

Schedule 5 - Poisons of a hazardous nature that must be readily available to the public but require caution in handling, storage and use.

Schedule 6 - Poisons that must be available to the public but are of a more hazardous or poisonous nature than those classified in Schedule 5.

Schedule 7 - Poisons which require special precautions in manufacturing, handling, storage or use, or special individual regulations regarding labeling or availability.

Schedule 8 - Poisons to which the restrictions recommended for drugs of dependence by the 1980 Australian Royal Commission of Inquiry into Drugs should apply.

Schedule 9 - Poisons which are drugs of abuse, the manufacture, possession, sale or use of which should be prohibited by law except for amounts which may be necessary for medical or scientific research conducted with the approval of Commonwealth and/or State or Territory Health Authorities.

There are also Appendices of which Appendix C is particularly relevant to Australian Herbalists ...

Appendix C - Substances other than those included in Schedule 9, of such danger to health as to warrant prohibition of sale, supply and use.

Some Substances that are S2 ...

Atropa belladona (containing <0.25% belladonna alkaloids)

Datura spp. (containing <0.25% Datura alkaloids)

Datura stramonium (containing <0.25% stramonium alkaloids, except for smoking or burning)

Hyoscyamus (containing <0.25% hyoscyamine)

Gelsemium sempervirens

Lobelia inflata except smoking or burning

Some Substances that are S3 ...

Quinine except in preparations containing < 40mg/l or 40mg/kg

Some Substances that are S4 ...

Aconitum spp. for therapeutic use

Adonis vernalis for therapeutic use

Ammi visnaga for therapeutic use

Atropa belladona for therapeutic use, except when in S2

Brugmansia spp. for therapeutic use


Colchicum autumnale for therapeutic use

Convallaria spp. for therapeutic use

Coumarin for therapeutic use


Datura spp. except when in S2

Datura stramonium except when in S2 or for smoking or burning

Digitalis lanata, D. purpurea for therapeutic use





Lobelia inflata except when in S2 or for smoking or burning

Mandragara officinalis for therapeutic use

Nerium oleander for therapeutic use

Rauvolfia spp. for therapeutic use

Strophanthus spp. for therapeutic use

Strychnos nux-vomica for therapeutic use

Tanacetum vulgare except preparations containing <0.8% of oil of tansy

Some substances that are S5 ...

Symphytum officinalis - must have a warning label when sold for topical use (internal use is Appendix C!)

Some substances that are in Appendix C ...

Abrus precatorius (Jequirity) seed or root for therapeutic use

Amygdalin for therapeutic use

Anchusa officinalis for therapeutic use

Aristolochia spp. for therapeutic use

Borago officinalis (Borage) for therapeutic use except the fixed oil derived from the seeds of Borago off.

Cacalia spp. for therapeutic use

Crotalaria spp. for therapeutic use

Croton tiglium for therapeutic use

Cynoglossum officinalis for therapeutic use

Cynoglossum spp. for therapeutic use 'except when separately specified in this appendix'

Eupatorium cannabinum (Hemp Agrimony) for therapeutic use

Farfugium japonicum for therapeutic use

Heliotropium ramosissimum for therapeutic use

Heliotropium spp. for therapeutic use 'except when separately specified in this appendix'

Heliotropium supinum for therapeutic use

Juniperis sabina for therapeutic use

Ligularia dentata for therapeutic use

Petasites japonicum for therapeutic use

Petasites spp. for therapeutic use 'except when separately specified in this appendix'

Pteridium aquilinium for therapeutic use

Pteridium spp. for therapeutic use 'except when separately specified in this appendix'

Pulmonaria spp. for therapeutic use

Senecio cannabifolius for therapeutic use

Senecio jacobaea for therapeutic use

Senecio longilobus for therapeutic use

Senecio numorensis fuchsii for therapeutic use

Senecio spp. for therapeutic use 'except when separately specified in this appendix'

Symphytum spp. (Comfrey) for therapeutic use except when included in schedule 5

Trichodesma africana for therapeutic use

Tussilago farfara (Coltsfoot) for therapeutic use

Copyright The Australian Naturopathic Network 1998-2002. All rights reserved. 
Revised: May 18, 2002 .