Yes, Piracetam is legal in Australia, under the brand name Nootropil and is approved for treating epilepsy in combination with other medications.
It is currently a Schedule 4 Prescription Only Medicine as regulated by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). This means it is legal to own and consume in Australia, but a script from a doctor is required. Many top experts including renowned neuroscientists, and pharmacologists, agree that this is extremely restrictive and short sighted by the governing body. Piracetam’s huge body of evidence showing positive effects in many different areas, combined with a high level of safety, stands in stark contrast to many legally available agents such as alcohol, & cigarettes, that have numerous well documented ill effects.
First and foremost this website is purely informational and provides guidance only, and does not constitute formal regulatory or legal advice, nor should it be considered such. In addition these rules are subject to change. For this reason we recommend for an official opinion you contact your doctor and/or the TGA and DoHA.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
The Australian TGA has a personal importation scheme outlined here: http://www.tga.gov.au/consumers/personal-importation-scheme.htm
The scheme include various rules as detailed in the link above, including importations must be limited to a 3 month supply, and you may not sell the items, but relevant to importing Piracetam are two conditions:
•“if the goods are medicines in Schedule 4 or 8 of the Poisons Standard a prescription from an Australian-registered medical practitioner is held for the medicines.”
Piracetam is a Schedule 4 medicine.
The Department of Health Australia (DoHA)
The second condition is that it is not a controlled substance which is regulated by the DoHA:
•“the goods are not restricted under Australian Customs controls or quarantine rules and the goods do not contain a controlled substance”
This condition above links to the DoHA website page “List of drug substances requiring import and or export authorisations” here: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ocs-treaties-compliance-prohibited-impexp-precursor.htm
This page has a long list of substances that are ‘Prohibited Imports and Exports’ and Piracetam is not listed on this page.
So based on this Piracetam falls under the personal importation scheme, as it is not listed on the banned list, and it is Schedule 4 medicine, therefor importation is legal for Australians.