New standards planned for pest baiting and poison handling

NEW standards will be developed for pest animal baiting and safe handling of poisons under a draft bill released this week.

The proposed new Medicines Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Bill is expected to impact the healthcare, agricultural and mining industries.

The State Health Department has called on health-care providers, industry and the public to provide feedback on the framework for regulating how medicines and poisons are used in Queensland.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the current legislation had become increasingly out of date.

"Created before we started using computers, the current Health Act 1937 has been progressively reviewed and replaced with more modern legislation," he said.

"We need to make sure legislation is suitable for the 21st century."

Mr Springborg said it was important to remember medicine and poison regulation affected more than just the healthcare industry.

"These changes will also have an impact on the agricultural, mining and other industries as well as veterinary practice," he said.

"Regulation of medicines and poisons is extremely important because we're talking about substances that have the potential to be harmful to the public."

Mr Springborg said the proposed legislation also would streamline processes for business and industry members who worked with poisons.

He said the changes would align Queensland closer with national requirements along with fellow states and territories. - APN NEWSDESK

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