Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

How can you refer to the TGA when you advertise your products?

The TGA has provided further clarification. You cannot use the term “TGA approved” or “TGA registered”, or use the TGA logo or Commonwealth Coat of Arms, in advertising. This even includes statements such as "U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved". However the TGA encourages advertisers to provide the product’s AUST L or AUST R number in advertising to the public.    Source: TGA


Compliance enforcement

Caro white and Carotone products have been supplied illegally as cosmetics while they have had a higher than permitted level of hydroquinone making them prescription medicines, but they have not been submitted to the TGA. Products include Caro White Lightening Oil, Caro White Lightening Beauty Lotion, Caro White Lightening Beauty Cream, Carotone Lightening Body Lotion and Carotone Black Spot Corrector. All future shipments into Australia will be destroyed.    Source: TGA

Tianda Pharmaceuticals fined $26,640 for alleged unlawful advertising of Anti-Epidemic Formula 1 in relation to COVID-19. Listed medicines cannot be advertised for treatment of COVID-19 and in an eBay ad Tianda claimed the products were “approved” by the TGA.    Source: TGA

Invigorate Labs fined $18,648 for alleged advertising breaches relating to medicinal cannabis and CBD. The products included vaping products and creams that had not been submitted to the TGA. Along with the illegal claims for CBD there were also claims for treatment of "palindromic rheumatoid arthritis" and cancer.    Source: TGA.

TGA to take action against political party United Australia Party.  TGA's lawyers allege UAP breached copyright and demand distribution of alleged misleading adverse event reports stop.    Source: TGA


Assessed listed medicines: data protection

Assessed listed medicines fall in between the categories of listed medicine, and registered medicine. For an assessed listed medicine, the TGA reviews the evidence forward to support the indications for use. There have bene very few applications for this category. The data protection keeps clinical trial data submitted to the TGA confidential.    Source: TGA


Export-only medicines

The TGA has revised the guidelines for preparing an application for an export-only medicine or medical device.    Source: TGA – medicines, medical devices.


Nicotine vaping products

As of 1st October all nicotine vaping products will be regulated as Schedule 4 (prescription only) medicines. Both personal importation and domestic purchases require a prescription.    Source: TGA


Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) for Self-Testing (Home Testing) for COVID-19

The regulations are changing rapidly and the tests will soon be available.    Source: TGA – here and here.


Chattanooga Ultrasound Gel Products and Lotions

All batches are being recalled because of the risk of contamination with a bacteria, Burkholderia cepacia complex.    Source: TGA


Improvements to the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code

The TGA has summarised the feedback from 67 stakeholder submissions. There was broad support for most proposals with differing views on items such as “who should and who should not be allowed to make product endorsements and testimonials”.    Source: TGA


ACCC grants interim authorisation to medicine wholesalers

The purpose is to co-operate in providing fair and efficient access to essential medication and pharmacy products as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.    Source: ACCC


TGA Navigating therapeutic goods regulation podcast now released on Apple podcasts.    Source: TGA news




Calls for comment on allow the sale and use of food made from a genetically modified (GM) corn.

Food made from this type of GM corn could be imported into Australia and New Zealand in the form of starch, grits, meal, flour, oil and sweetener.    Source: FSANZ


Failing Food Reports – July and August 2021

Foods inspected at the border. Includes risk food test results and surveillance food test results.    Source: Dept Agriculture, Water and the Environment - July and August


Dangers of highly concentrated caffeine products 

One single teaspoon of pure caffeine powder can contain the same amount of caffeine as 25 – 50 cups of coffee.    Source: FSANZ



Cosmetic, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Four-part series on the science behind beauty products

The Australian Broadcasting Commission has published four articles on the ingredients in skin care products. Part 1 - what is an active ingredient (discusses vitamin C, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, AHAs, BHAs; Part 2 (retinol, tretinoin, retinaldehyde); Part 3 (chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser); Part 4 - collagen.


AICIS publishes "roadmap" for evaluating chemicals

This outlines the strategic approach for evaluating the human health and environmental risks of introducing and using industrial chemicals in Australia. The roadmap includes an explanation of what chemicals could be evaluated, evaluation goals and six action areas to achieve those goals, and targets for 2024 and beyond.     Source: AICIS here and here.


List of chemical evaluations in progress, under public consultation or recently completed

Includes the subject of the evaluation - typically the chemical name or chemical group name, reason for the evaluation, time it takes to do the evaluation, focus of the evaluation - chemical identity, and human health or the environment (or both), current status of the evaluation - for example, in progress, public consultation, completed, and amendments to the list of evaluation candidates.    Source: AICIS


What are the rules on using new animal test data?

Information sheet explains the key points about using animal testing data.    Source: AICIS


Chemicals added to the Inventory 5 years after issue of assessment

Six chemicals added in September 2021.    Source: AICIS



New Zealand News:

General quantity labelling requirements

Describes labelling requirements for all packaged goods sold by weight, measure or number which must have their quantity marked or labelled using one of the units of the metric system.    Source: NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


Changes to the Fair Trading Act

New obligations on businesses and providing new protections for consumers and small businesses, prohibiting unconscionable conduct in trade, extending unfair contract terms provisions to cover standard form small trade contracts, and enabling people to direct uninvited direct sellers to leave or not enter their property.    Source: Commerce Commission of New Zealand


Report an Influencer Ad Identification Breach

Advertising content must be clearly identified, regardless of where it might be seen. This includes ad content posted by influencers. The Advertising Standards Authority has received over 200 complaints and enquiries since the release of the influencers AdHelp Information.    Source: Advertising Standards Authority.

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