National Standard Medication Chart

The National Standard Medication Charts (NSMC) were developed to standardise the processes for prescribing, dispensing, administering and reconciling medicines across all health service organisations, and ensure patient information is communicated consistently between health professionals. All Australian public and private hospitals must use the NSMC.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) have developed a number of training and education materials. These resources are available from the ACSQHC website.

Revisions to the NSW Medication Charts

As NSMC are a fundamental element in patient safety, revisions are occasionally required to further improve this tool. In order to align with changes made to the National Standard Medication Charts in 2019, changes have also been made to various versions of the NSW Medication Charts.

What charts are affected and what are the changes?

  1. The first change has been made to the following charts:

Regular Medication Chart (with carbon) MR70


Regular Medication Chart (no carbon) MR71


Adult Long Stay medication chart (no carbon)


Adult Long Stay medication chart (no carbon)

2. The second change has been made to the following charts;

NH606303Paediatric Medication Chart (no carbon)
NH606304Paediatric Medication Chart (with carbon)
NH606306Paediatric Long Stay Medication Chart (no carbon)

What do I need to do?

Ensure you are aware of the changes and that you complete the new sections appropriately.

If you need any information, you can contact the CEC at

Further information can also be found on the ACSQHC's NSMC webpage.