Some hazardous substances and dangerous goods are defined as "drugs" or "poisons" under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic), and are subject to a permit system.
Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances
The Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act and Regulations are managed by the Department of Human Services. These regulations require many additional controls over and above the regulations for the safe management of chemicals e.g. dangerous goods and hazardous substances. Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances (Poisons) are divided into a series of schedules. Each schedule has different management requirements involving security and licensing.
End User Declarations (EUD)
Since 1 January 2011 End User Declarations (EUD) are mandatory for prescribed Precursor Chemicals and Equipment under Part VB of the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981. The Regulations prescribe precursor chemicals and precursor apparatus. The supply of precursor chemicals mixed with other substances is excluded.
Suppliers of chemicals and equipment (such as Merck and Sigma Aldrich) will need an End User Declaration from the purchaser for every request to supply. Note: If an EUD is not received, the chemical/equipment cannot be supplied until it is obtained. The EUD needs to be completed by the receiving person responsible for the end use, i.e. the person who receives and knows the intended use of the chemical or equipment (e.g. the research scientist or lab manager), not the transport or store persons in between.
Further details including the Schedules can be found in the