Safety and Quality > Our Work > Medication Safety > Safer naming, labelling and packaging of medicines > National Standard for User-applied Labelling of Injectable Medicines Fluids and Lines

The Commission developed the National Standard for User-applied Labelling of Injectable Medicines, Fluids and Lines (the Labelling Standard) for health professionals to communicate safely:

  • The contents of containers and lines used for, and with, injectable medicines and fluids
  • The patients for whom the medicines and fluids are intended.

Using the Labelling Standard is mandatory for meeting the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards – in particular, NSQHS Standard 4: Medication Safety.

National Standard for User-Applied Labelling of Injectable Medicines, Fluids and Lines – August 2015 – web optimised (PDF 1MB)

National Standard for User-Applied Labelling of Injectable Medicines, Fluids and Lines – August 2015 – print version (PDF 8MB)

National Standard for User-Applied Labelling of Injectable Medicines, Fluids and Lines – August 2015 (Word 7MB)

The Commission and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists released a joint statement supporting user-applied labelling standardisation of injectable medicines.

What’s new in the Labelling Standard?

The Labelling Standard expands on the previous Labelling Recommendations to include:

  • Labelling of containers in perioperative settings (including cardiac catheter and interventional radiology units)
  • Colour coded pre-printed medicine labels for use on dedicated continuous infusion lines
  • Colour coding by medicine class in accordance with the Anaesthetic Labelling Standard, including teal green for anticoagulant/antiplatelet medicines
  • Liquid medicines for oral, enteral and inhalational use
  • Locked catheters
  • Labelling of non-injectable medicines and fluids prepared in the same area as injectable medicines, and colour coding with a red St Andrews Cross watermark
  • A range of issues previously listed in the Labelling Recommendations Issues Register.

Labelling Standard labels for viewing and printing

Label specifications for specialist clinical areas

Labelling Standard implementation resources

Labelling Standard issues register