General Interest: Vaccines - Inoculating Against Fear

Along with good nutrition and public sanitation, vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent diseases. In Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration regulates vaccines, and we have been lucky enough to be the recipients of one of the most robust and well-regulated childhood vaccination programs in the world. Australia has played its part in the scientific advances in vaccine medicine, being world leaders in the research to advance the science of vaccines, with some of the best known medical scientists being Sir Frank McFarlane Burnet, Sir Gustav Nossal, Professor Ian Frazer and most recently, Dr Laura Mackay. So with all the evidence before us, we now face a new question – why are people in Australia and across the developed world demonstrating a growing scepticism in some small pockets of the community, about the value of vaccination? The WHO has named vaccine hesitancy as one of its top 10 threats to global health for 2019. Australia is leading the way on an international level to address the issue of vaccine hesitancy through the International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities.   Source: Vaccine education

AHPA Webinar: Roadmap to Climate Action & Collaboration in the Herbal & Supplements Industry

The American Herbal Products Association is hosting an important webinar scheduled for 10 AM Wednesday, December 11 10 AM *PT (*Pacific Daylight Time is 18 hours behind Australian Eastern Summer Standard Time, so webinar would commence December 12 at 4am if you were in Sydney). The Climate Collaborative, AHPA, and American Botanical Council Sustainable Herbs Program are partnering to host a special introductory webinar for herbal and supplement companies on how you can join in creating a collaborative industry pathway to reversing climate change, and get access to free resources that can support your own climate action journey. The webinar includes an overview of the Climate Collaborative’s work to date, and brings together a panel conversation on how companies of all sizes in the industry are making their supply chain and sourcing practices integral to their overall approach to climate action.    Source: Webinar for climate action

Training: RFA Provides Comprehensive Training in Regulatory Affairs

Are you looking to expand your knowledge or are you new to Australian regulations related to the supply of foods, cosmetics and/or complementary medicines? Then check out the full list of courses we offer on the Robert Forbes & Associates website www.rfaregulatoryaffairs.com/training-courses . There are 20 courses to choose from and any of these can be undertaken either singly or in groups, from within our Glebe, Sydney office, at your office or remotely via Skype. Contact our training manager Kate Durey This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to receive the latest information on these training courses at this discount offer. See you in the classroom!

Quote for the month:

“A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure”    Anonymous

RFA Breaking News

Complementary medicines ('Dietary supplements')

  When Does Disease Education Stray Into Product Promotion? This TGA guidance is to assist providers of disease education activities (including sponsors, health professionals, pharmacies, peak organisations and community educators)…

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Foods

  Proposal to Prohibit the Retail Sale of Pure and Highly Concentrated Caffeine Products As previously reported in the July and September 2019 editions of this newsletter, there has been…

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Cosmetics and TGA Listed Sunscreens

There is no Cosmetics news to report this month, but if you haven’t already seen it, you might like to view: RFA Regulatory Affairs You Tube Video (Cosmetics Regulation)

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Marketing News:

  General Interest: Vaccines - Inoculating Against Fear Along with good nutrition and public sanitation, vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent diseases. In Australia, the Therapeutic…

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Complementary medicines ('Dietary supplements')

  Country of Origin Labelling for Complementary Medicines Consultation In February 2017 amendments were made to the Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) laws that changed the basis for being eligible…

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Foods

  Amendments to Imported Food Regulations Recent changes to the Imported Food Control Regulations 2019 take effect on 1 October 2019 and will impact on the operation of the Imported…

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