Therapeutic goods advertising compliance: 2020-21 Annual Report

Summarises compliance outcomes including examples, infringements and court actions. 55% of complaints originated from consumers, 18% from other companies. We recommend all suppliers of complementary medicines read this report.    Source: TGA


Compliance enforcement

HealthHub247 Pty Ltd and its director have been convicted of the unlawful manufacture, counterfeit, advertising and supply of sports supplements that contain prohibited substances, including substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency such as DMAA and DMBA, which are of danger to health. The company and its director Mr Croucher pleaded guilty to all charges. The director was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and released on a two-year good behaviour bond. The Court noted that if not for Mr Croucher's serious ill-health, he would have served time in custody.    Source: TGA

Unlawful importation of face masks – court action initiated in the Federal Court against Enviro Tech Holdings Pty Ltd (Enviro Tech), and its executive officers (Connie and Jerry Triantos). In December 2020, Enviro Tech was issued with a $13,320 infringement notice for the alleged breach. However, as Enviro Tech did not pay the infringement notice, further legal action is now being taken.     Source: TGA, Notices of Filing and Hearing here and here.

Melbourne-based individual fined $18,648 for alleged unlawful advertising of nicotine vaping products.    Source: TGA


Former export manager of pharmaceutical ingredient company pleads guilty to criminal cartel charges

On the 26th October Christopher Kenneth Joyce, formerly of Alkaloids of Australia Pty Ltd, pleaded guilty to three criminal cartel charges and admitted his guilt in respect of seven further offences, relating to his conduct involving price fixing, bid rigging and market allocation cartel arrangements between Alkaloids of Australia and overseas suppliers of scopolamine N-butylbromide, manufactured from the Duboisia plant, which is native to Australia.    Source: ACCC


Listed medicines compliance reviews

Applications for listed medicines are not reviewed by the TGA at the time of submission. However a listed medicine can be selected for a compliance review after it has been placed onto the parket. Review can be targeted or random. Information about the reviews is contained in this TGA webpage. You can view the results of the compliance reviews here.


Revised list of ingredients permitted in listed medicines

Has just been published, includes changed ingredients and fice new ingredients including hydrolysed chicken cartilage extract.     Source: Federal Register of Legislation.


Guidance on the regulation of software-based medical devices.

Guidance document published to assist manufacturers of active medical devices, including software-based medical devices, in correctly classifying their devices.    Source: TGA


Responses to consultation on proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard

The TGA has published 402 responses received from various individuals, professional and industry associations to proposed amendments for 12 substances.     Source: TGA


Revised poisons standard published

Electronic version is now available for SUSMP No. 34 (Poisons Standard October 2021).     Source: Federal Register of Legislation.


Interim decisions on proposed amendments to the Poisons Standard

Including ethanol and isopropanol in hand sanitisers, methanol in hand sanitisers, and eugenol.    Source: TGA


Publication of expert panel report on psilocybin and MDMA

This is a systematic literature review of the roles of MDMA and psilocybin for the treatment of mental health conditions. The full panel report is available.    Source: TGA


Are your Finished Product Specifications (FPS) up to date?

All FPS should be reviewed withing a reasonable time frame such as 3 years, and should take into account changes to various limits and mandatory tests – such as heavy metals - that have occurred since the FP was last written or revised.    Contact RFA for assistance.


Selling products in China?

In April this year, the General Administration of Customs of China issued new regulations for the “Registration and Administration of Overseas Producers of Imported Food” and “Administrative Measures on Import and Export Food Safety”, which will come into force from 1 January 2022. For information, contact your industry association.

RFA Breaking News

Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Melbourne e-commerce business fined $13k for unauthorised imports. Investigators from AICIS have fined a Melbourne e-commerce order fulfilment business more than $13,000 for allegedly importing industrial chemicals without the required…



Review of import policy for mushrooms an trifles. The review will consider permitted and prohibited species, country of origin differences, target and hitchhiker pests, substrates approved for use, sterilisation requirements;…


Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

TGA Website Redevelopment. The TGA is “modernising” its website. Some links will change, and some old pages removed. The TGA is presenting a webinar on 7th and 12th July. To…


Cosmetic, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

Useful resources for labelling of products Label your products.    Source: Labelling, SDS and packaging.    Source: Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) Cosmetic labelling.    Source: ACCC Product Safety Australia  …



Research into vitamin D levels in the population A number of FSANZ staff recently contributed to a journal article investigating vitamin D in Australian diets. This study showed that vitamin…


Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

Advertising - testimonials and endorsements. This is a new TGA guidance document that explains the difference between testimonials and endorsements, and which types of each are permitted. For example, testimonials:…


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