Permits are issued to a medical practitioner to holds the permit on behalf of a medical treatment/occupational health business. This business may then contract to a resources company to provide medical treatment services, including use of scheduled medicines.
Permits can be issued to partnerships and corporations, but a medical practitioner must be nominated to be responsible for each site. The nominated medical practitioner is responsible approving the administration of Schedule 4 or Schedule 8 medicines to individual patients or for the issue of any Structured Supply and Administration Arrangement.
The permit holder is responsible for ensuring compliance with all relevant parts of the Medicines and Poisons Act 2014, the Medicines and Poisons Regulations 2016, and the Code of Practice for Health Services Permits for Medical Treatment.
The permit holder must decide which medicines are held on-site and approve orders from wholesalers. Only staff approved in writing by the permit holder can administer and supply scheduled medicines. The permit holder must ensure that standard operating procedures are in place to support all activities on-site relating to scheduled medicines. All activities on site relating to scheduled medicines and all movements of medicines must be documented. Supplies must comply with packaging and labelling requirements.
Compliance may be audited by the Western Australian Department of Health’s authorised investigators and action taken for non-compliance.
Discrepancies in the Schedule 8 inventory or the loss/theft of any medicine must be immediately reported to the Department of Health. Police should be contacted for any confirmed theft.