FOR INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE APPLICATION FOR PERMITS IN TERMS OF SECTION
22A (15) OF THE MEDICINES AND RELATED SUBSTANCES ACT, 1965 (ACT NO. 101 OF 1965)
The application form for a Section 22A (15) permit has been amended to make
provision for all types of services requiring a Section 22A (15) permit. This form is available on the
Department of Health web site.
A nurse in possession of a Section 22A (15) concession may acquire, use and
supply Schedule 1 and 2 medicines without a prescription. This includes
the administration of vaccines, fluids for irrigation and certain topical
ointments. Any Schedule 3 and higher medicines require a prescription
issued by an authorised prescriber who may only dispense his/her own
prescription if in possession of a dispensing licence. Section 22A (3)
states that "Any Schedule 0 substance may be sold in an open
shop". There is therefore no restriction on the purchase or sale of
Schedule 0 substances.