Latest Regulatory Affairs Newsletter

A collection of regulatory news from this month.


Correction of an Error on AICS

The National Industrial Chemical Notification Scheme (NICNAS) has corrected a listing error on the Australian Inventory ofChemical Substances (AICS), after an entry that was nominated (without assessment) and listed on AICS in error.    Source: AICS amendment  See also: Recent addition of chemicals to AICS: AICS update


The Seismic Shifts in Marketing’s Role in Direct Selling

“Marketing doesn’t matter for a direct selling company.” Have you ever heard this one before? If you’ve been working in direct selling for more than ten years, there’s a good chance you’ve heard someone say this outright, or at least imply it. In fact, that person may have even been you. For example, it was a popular rebuttal to any marketer with a consumer packaged goods background prior to coming on board, as they began their journey in the mysterious waters of direct selling. You’d hear this sentiment when a creative director was asking for packaging that would take away a few extra pennies from the bottom line. You’d even hear it when it felt like corporate was over-stepping their bounds, relying on the field to come up with their own tools, their own campaigns and their own messaging on how to share the products. I always loved the simplicity of that statement, and the loaded implications behind it. Unfortunately, I think there’s a little more to it than that now, though”.    Source: Brett Duncan, World of Direct Selling Direct selling & marketing


Quote for the month:

 “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”.    Zig Ziglar


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Pharmacovigilance Obligations Training


In September this year, the TGA released guidance on the pharmacovigilance responsibilities of sponsors.  Newly developed, this training course is for sponsors and their nominated pharmacovigilance staff with complementary medicines included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. We cover TGA pharmacovigilance obligations and mandatory reporting requirements, the what, how and when you MUST report.  All required documents including SOPs and reporting templates will be provided for your future use.

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