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On 7 October 2016, Safe Work Australia agreed to amend the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws to exempt certain veterinary medicines from the labelling requirements for hazardous chemicals.

From 1 January 2017 the following veterinary medicines will be exempt from labelling requirements for hazardous chemicals under regulation 335 of the model WHS Regulations 2011:

  1. All veterinary medicines listed in Schedule 8 of the All veterinary medicines listed in Schedule 8 of the Poisons Standard.
  2. Veterinary medicines listed in Schedule 4 of the Poisons Standard that are in a form and packaging consistent with direct administration to animals, for example, small containers, tablets, syringes and chewables.

To have effect, the model WHS laws must be implemented in a jurisdiction. Each jurisdiction that is currently implementing the model WHS laws are now required to amend their WHS Regulations according to Safe Work Australia’s decision.

All information relating to these amendments to the model WHS laws are in the process of being updated on our website. These updates will be complete before 1 January 2017, when the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals takes full effect.

For further information, contact the WHS regulator in your jurisdiction.

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