Nicotine imports allowed under prescription: Australia regulatory report

In our latest look at e-cig regulations in Australia, we find that at the national level, nicotine is treated as a poison, following the Commonwealth Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP). All nicotine-containing products for therapeutic use must be approved as “registered” medicines in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods before they can be marketed. To date, no such approval has been granted. Consumers can import e-cigs containing nicotine in limited quantities for personal use. Since nicotine-free vapour products are considered consumer products and can be sold freely, various state-level regulations have been enacted to protect minors, such as age restrictions, retail licensing and public place usage bans.


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