Latest Regulatory Affairs Newsletter

A collection of regulatory news from this month.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has amended the Australia only Standard 4.5.1 (wine production requirements) so that the minimum alcohol content for wine and sparkling wine produced in Australia has been lowered from 8% to 4.5%.

The TGA has announced that deer velvet antler and slice, from two species of deer farmed in New Zealand, is now permitted as an active ingredient in listed medicines. Deer velvet has a long history of use as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicines (Source: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2011L02069).

Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra. The TGA laboratories has confirmed the presence of an Sildenafil derivate in a product called Maxidus, promoted by a USA dietary supplement company for male erectile dysfunction. As usual, Australian consumers are warned against buying herbal tablets over the internet which have not been included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

The NZ Natural Health Products Bill is intended to regulate “therapeutic type dietary supplements” (as opposed to food-type, which are now covered by a Food Standard).

Sydney based sunscreen experts Dermatest have updated their website to include a map-based reference for different countries' sunscreen requirements.

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