Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977

Version as at 22 December 2022

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1977

(SR 1977/37)

Denis Blundell, Governor-General

Order in Council

At the Government House at Wellington this 8th day of March 1977

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Health.

Pursuant to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following regulations.


1Title and commencement
3Application for and issue of licences
3AFees inclusive of GST
3BApplication to industrial hemp
3CApplication to medicinal cannabis products
4Dealers’ licences
5Endorsements on dealers’ licences
6Duration and renewal of dealers’ licences
7Import and export licences
8Licences to cultivate
9Licences to possess controlled drugs
10Licences not to be assigned
11Revocation of licences
12Effect of this Part
12AAuthority for designated prescriber nurses, designated prescriber pharmacists, midwives, and nurse practitioners to prescribe certain controlled drugs
12BPermissions relating to prescription of controlled drugs authorised under regulation 12A
12CAuthority for designated pharmacist prescribers to prescribe certain controlled drugs [Revoked]
13Manufacture and use in manufacture
14General authority of licensees to possess
14AAuthority to import CBD products [Revoked]
15Hospitals and other institutions
16Seeds and fruit of prohibited plants
17Special authority for masters of vessels
18Special authority for captains of aircraft
19First-aid kits
20Supply and administration of controlled drugs without prescription
21Restrictions on application of section 8 of Act, etc
22Restriction on supply of certain controlled drugs
23Conditions of supply to agents
24Supply on prescription
25Labelling of containers
26Restrictions on sizes of containers
27Controlled drugs used for exempted drugs
28Custody of controlled drugs
29General requirements in relation to prescriptions
30Exemption for certain prescriptions
31Restrictions on supply on prescription
31AExceptions to restrictions in regulation 31(1)
32Verification of prescriptions
33Retention of paper prescriptions
35Duty to supply information
36Special provisions for hospitals
37Pharmacists and dispensing practitioners
38Other dealers
39Form of records
40Entries in Controlled Drugs Register and Prescription Book
41Exemption of practitioners
42Retention of records
44Hospital records
45Ward Books
46Application of other regulations to hospital records
47Returns of wholesale transactions
48Exemptions from Part 6
49Notification of import and export of certain controlled drugs [Revoked]
49ANotification of stock
50Restrictions on advertising
51Communications through Medical Officer of Health
52AApplication of regulations to drug and substance checking service providers and their users
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