Nicotine Vaping Updates and Happy Festive Season

Wishing you a safe and happy festive season

After an incredibly busy year for community pharmacy, QCPP would like to wish you a very safe and happy festive season. Thank you for your continued commitment to delivering quality services that improve the health of the Australian community.

The QCPP Office will close at 5pm AEDT on Thursday 23 December 2021 and reopen at 9am AEDT on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

You can visit the Quality Care 2020 Knowledge Hub or the QCPP website for general support during this time where you will find a wide range of resources including FAQs, videos and fact sheets.

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Nicotine Vaping Products

On 1 October 2021, the amendment to the Poisons Standard in relation to nicotine came into effect. The amendment means that consumers need a valid prescription to access nicotine vaping products lawfully.

QCPP has received queries seeking clarification about this change and whether pharmacies stocking and supplying nicotine vaping products will be assessed as being non-compliant with Requirement 4.2.4.

Stocking and supplying nicotine vaping products to consumers on receipt of a valid prescription will not make a pharmacy non-compliant with Requirement 4.2.4. 

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has published the following standard, guidance document and advertising permission on nicotine vaping products:

Further information on nicotine vaping products including the scheduling amendment, access pathways and requirements for dispensing can be found on the TGA website.

In addition to QC2020 requirements, pharmacies must also take their state and territory legislation into consideration when stocking and supplying nicotine vaping products.  

The Quality Care 2020 Knowledge Hub has also been updated with two new entries under the Domain 4 FAQ for Stock Management to provide clarity on this requirement.

Read the Knowledge Hub for vaping products updates

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If you have any questions, the QCPP Support Team is here to help — please email or phone the QCPP Helpline on 1300 363 340 (9am-5pm AEST).

Please note - The QCPP Office will close at 5pm AEDT on Thursday 23 December 2021 and reopen at 9am AEDT on Tuesday 4 January 2022 for the end of year shutdown period.

You can visit the QCPP website or Quality Care 2020 Knowledge Hub for information during the office shutdown period.