Medicines and poisons: retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers

Register to wholesale medicines or poisons

You must be registered to stock and sell certain medicines and poisons by wholesale in the Northern Territory (NT).

If you want to wholesale medicines or poisons, you will need to apply for a certificate of registration.

Who you can supply medicines or poisons

If granted a wholesaler certificate of registration, you can supply medicines or poisons to people authorised to keep them. These include:

  • medical practitioners
  • dentists
  • veterinarians
  • pharmacists
  • retailers licensed to sell Schedule 2 or 7 substances
  • holders of medical kit authorisations.

You must see a person's authorisation or be satisfied they are authorised before you supply them. They should give you a signed written order.

You may only supply the medicines specified in the authorisation or licence for retailers and medical kit holders.

When supplying retailers, it is your responsibility to make sure their licence is current. Retailers do not need a licence to sell Schedule 5 and 6 substances.

Who you can't supply

You must not supply medicines or poisons to a person with a prescription. This includes prescriptions from:

  • doctors
  • nurse practitioners
  • dentists
  • veterinarians
  • optometrists
  • podiatrists.

You should tell people with prescriptions to go to a pharmacy.

How to apply

To register as a wholesaler of scheduled medicines or poisons, follow these steps:

Step 1. Fill in the form

Fill in the application for a wholesaler certificate of registration.

Step 2. Submit supporting documents

You must give all of the following in your application:

  • a plan and description of your premises and the security measures
  • information about how your records will be kept
  • details of how you will check stock.

Step 3. Pay the fee

The fee to get a wholesaler certificate of registration is at least $181.

This includes the annual fee of $121 and an initial application fee of $60.

You can register for one, two or three years.

You can pay by cheque, money order or credit card.

Payments must be made to the Casuarina Receiver of Territory Monies.

Step 4. Submit the form

Submit the application form and a copy of your payment receipt using the following contact details:

Medicines and Poisons Control
Department of Health
PO Box 40596
Casuarina NT 0811
Fax: 08 8922 7200


You should renew your licence before the expiry date. You can renew for one, two or three years. The renewal fee is $121 per year.


The nominated person or a person acting on their behalf can supply the substances specified in the certificate of registration to a person who is also authorised to keep and use them.

Nominated persons only can hold the medicines or poisons specified in the certificate of registration.

The licence must be displayed at the premises specified on the certificate.

You will need to follow the Australian Code of Good Wholesaling Practice for Medicines. For more information go to the Therapeutic Goods Administration website.

Read about storing medicines and poisons.


You should keep records when you buy or sell scheduled substances.

These records must include when you have supplied or received substances, what they are, amounts, and the names and addresses of the supplier or who you have supplied to.

You must keep all records for two years after the date of the last entry.

Dangerous poisons

This licence can also be used to sell Schedule 7 substances - dangerous poisons. It must be specified in your licence.

If you sell Schedule 7 substances, you will need to keep a register. Get a register form.

You must record all of the following in your register:

  • the date you receive or sell a substance
  • the name, strength and and amount
  • if receiving, the name and address of the supplier
  • if selling, the name, address and authorisation or license number of the recipient
  • how much of the substance you have after the dealing.

Agricultural and veterinary chemicals

You must get training if you want to stock or sell agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

For more information go to the Agsafe Accreditation and Training website.

Read more about using agricultural chemicals responsibly.

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Last updated: 04 June 2020

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