Latest Regulatory Affairs Newsletter

A collection of regulatory news from this month.

24 February 2012 - After legal action was instigated by the ACCC, Hooker Meats in Victoria admitted to engaging in deceptive conduct by claiming that beef and dairy products were from King Island, when in fact they were not from that region.
14 February 2012 - Export Corporation (Australia) has been fined $3.1 million for supplying medicines that were not included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). The products were nutritional, weight loss and body building supplements. Not only were the products not on the ARTG, but they included undisclosed prescription medicines that pose a significant risk to consumers. The company pleaded guilty to the offences.
9 February 2012 - Two industry associations, ASMI and the CHC, have jointly developed new guidelines and questionnaires for suppliers. Copies of the guidelines can be downloaded from the relevant association website: Good Supplier Practice – An Industry Guideline for the Management of Quality Starting and Packaging Materials can be found at and The CHC Guideline for the Quality and Safety of Raw Materials used in Complementary Medicines can be found at The ASMI & CHC Joint Guideline Launch will be held at Rydges North Sydney on Tuesday 22 May 2012, commencing with networking lunch from 12pm and the launch event from 1pm to 3pm. The launch will include an address by a representative from the TGA’s Office of Manufacturing Quality speaking on Supplier Qualification and common deficiencies found at audit; ASMI & the CHC’s Overview of the Guidelines; a range of industry perspectives on the Guidelines; and an expert Industry & TGA Panel. You are invited to attend this launch. To accept this invitation and attend the Joint Guideline Launch, RSVP to Ruth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to Emma at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., detailing the number of attendees, their names, and their positions in your company.
14 February 2012 - This ingredient is permitted in listed complementary medicines and the compositional guideline has been published on the TGA website
9 February 2012 - The TGA invites comment on proposed warning statements on cough and cold preparations containing certain types of antihistamines, antitussives, mucolytics/expectorants, and decongestants. The proposed label warning is that the products should not be administered to children under 6 years, and should only be administered to children from 6 to 11 years on the advice of a doctor or pharmacist. Details on TGA website


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