Revised: 2 July 2013

New Amendments to the Medicines Regulations 1984

The Medicines Amendment Regulations 2011 were gazetted on 14 July 2011 and are available on the Government's Legislation website ( With the exception of those regulations relating to aligning prescribing and the form of a prescription, the changes come into effect on 1 August 2011. The remaining changes will come into effect on 1 December 2011, allowing time for the necessary changes to be made to prescribing software.

The amendments include:

NOTE: The proposal to extend the period of supply on a prescription is NOT being progressed at this time. The maximum period of supply remains at 6 months for oral contraceptives and 3 months for all other prescription medicines.