Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices

New TGA fees now in place

TGA fees rise at the beginning of the financial year i.e. the 1st July. For nonprescription medicines go here. The application fee for a listed complementary medicine has risen by $10 is now AUD$870 and the annual charge has also increased by $10 to $1,170. For all other fees for medicines including complementary medicines and medical devices, go here and select “2021-22”


Guidance on regulation of vaping products

For health practitioners, consumers and importers.    Source: TGA


Button batteries in medical devices for domestic use

Button batteries continue to be of concern due to the potential for young children to ingest them.    Source: TGA


Compliance enforcement

Aidacare fined $26,640 for alleged non-compliance with requests for face masks information TGA

V P & Associates fined $26,640 for alleged unlawful advertising of Liquim in relation to SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus TGA

Queensland man fined $7,992 for alleged unlawful importation of nootropic 'smart drugs'. Three infringement notices have been issued to a Queensland man for the alleged unlawful importation of a medicine containing Armodafinil, which is a prescription only medicine and popularly known as a “smart drug”. TGA. See also TGA alert on “smart drugs”.

Dentist fined $5,328 for alleged unlawful importation of injectables TGA.


Compliance reviews of listed complementary medicines

This list published in June summarises the outcomes of 15 medicines compliance reviews. Some products passed, others needed some corrective action, and some were cancelled.    Source: TGA. Search by “Publication date” to see recent entries.


Laboratory test results

There is a minimum delay of 6 months between the testing and publication of results, to allow the TGA to undertake any investigations and follow-up action in response to non-complying test results.    Source: TGA. Click on “Release date” for latest entries.


More news on regulation of faecal microbiota transplant products

What are FMT products, what are they used or, when does the regulation commence, what action is required, how can you source these products.    Source: TGA


Counterfeit human growth hormone products

The TGA, in conjunction with Sandoz and Novartis Australia, has investigated reports of counterfeit Somatropin HGH vials in community circulation. The product is labelled as “Novartis-Bio Somatropin HGH (191 amino acid sequence rDNA origin for injection) 3.7mg per Vial (10x10IU Vials of Somatropin)”.    Source: TGA




Changes on testing of imported foods

Particularly relevant to powdered infant food formula (Cronobacter testing commenced and Salmonella testing continuing), infant follow formulas (Salmonella testing commencing) and milkfish (Chanos chanos) -antimicrobial residue testing commencing).    Source: Dept Agriculture, Water and the Environment


Proposed changes to regulation of electrolyte drinks – composition and labelling

FSANZ is proposing allowing manufactures to reduce sugar content and make label claims clearer to the consumer. They also propose to permit three specific health claims, and prohibit all other health claims.    Source: FSANZ


Failing Food Report – April 2021

Foods inspected at the border, includes risk food test results (prohibited plants, Salmonella and other pathogens including aflatoxin) and surveillance food test results (including additives and vitamins not permitted in certain foods).    Source: Dept Agriculture, Water and the Environment


Call for comment on food additive sweetener

An application has been received to allow an already permitted food additive sweetener (steviol glycosides) to be produced by fermentation from a genetically modified Yarrowia lipolytica strain.    Source: FSANZ


Approvals and amendments to the Food Standards Code

FSANZ notifications

FSANZ has notified these approvals to the Food Ministers’ Meeting:

A1210 – Maltogenic alpha amylase enzyme from GM Saccharomyces cerevisiae

M1018 – Maximum Residue Limits (2020)

New applications:

Application A1226 – Food derived from insect-protected corn line MON95379

Proposal P1056 – Caffeine review

Food code amendments due to:

Application A1204 – Beta-amylase from soybean (Glycine max) as a processing aid (enzyme)

Proposal P1051 – Code Revision (2020)


Current recalls

Five recalls added in June.    Source: FSANZ



Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Animal testing ban explained

Laws that banned testing cosmetics on animals in Australia came into effect in July 2020, this is a helpful article for consumers which highlights the role that the industry association ACCORD has played in this outcome.    Source: Sydney Morning Herald.


AICIS has published news for the month of June, including (follow links):

2021-22 registration and application fees

Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) 2021-22

Chemicals added to the Inventory 5 years after issue of assessment - 28 June 2021

New national chemicals management standard

New chemical assessment statement published - 23 June 2021

Correction of chemical names - 22 June 2021

Variation of Inventory listing following evaluation — 15 June 2021

Business, hobby or personal use - understanding the differences (will be relevant to some small companies)

Version 1.2 of the Categorisation Guide released

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