Vials of medicine on a production line


All persons interested in manufacturing narcotic drugs require a licence to manufacture from the Office of Drug Control. The licence is in addition to any licence issued by State or Territory Governments.

You will require a licence to manufacture narcotic drugs if you are conducting any of the following activities:

  • obtaining a narcotic substance from a plant (e.g. extraction of the opium poppy)
  • obtaining a narcotic from a synthetic process
  • transforming a substance into a narcotic drug, including from one narcotic to another (e.g. morphine transformed into codeine)
  • refining and/or concentration of a drug

Depending on your manufacturing activity, you may also require a licence from the TGA. This information can be found in the manufacturing therapeutic goods section of the TGA website.

Medicinal cannabis

Specific information relating to manufacturing cannabis for medicinal purposes.

How to apply

Information for people wishing to manufacture a narcotic drug.