Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices

Permitted Indications - Reminder

The deadline for all listed medicines to transition to only including permitted indications for their products is 5 March 2021. Any products that are non-compliant after this period will be cancelled. It is a legal requirement for sponsors of listed medicines to hold evidence to support the indications for use. Ask us for advice if you are uncertain of your obligations.


TGA Declares Certain Products Presented as Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods to be Medicines

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Therapeutic Goods Administration Product Recall

Nature's Way Kids Smart Vita Gummies Omega 3 DHA Fish Oil (AUST L 313445) are not suitable for consumers with a milk allergy as it contains milk products and have been recalled. Source: Safety advisory - Contains undeclared milk products


Adulteration Schemes

Written by members of the American Botanical Council Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program (BAPP)this article details some of the adulteration practices that appear to be attempts at surpassing commonly used analytical techniques for herbs and botanicals. Ingredients for which adulteration has been reported include, extracts of bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) fruit, black cohosh (Actaea racemosa) root/rhizome, cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) fruit, ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) leaf extract, saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) fruit, and St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) herb, among others. COVID-19 is only further exacerbating the adulteration problem, the BAPP warns, with sharp increases in demand and supply shortages of certain botanical ingredients causing companies to seek out new suppliers. Source: Adulteration schemes


Adulteration of Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

A bulletin from the American Botanical Council identifies issues of adulteration of milk thistle (Silybum marianum, Asteraceae) fruit and its extracts. In an estimated 30–50% of milk thistle products, the label claims of active ingredients do not hold up in the actual product, when analysed with methods such as HPLC-UV. Source: Adulteration of Milk thistle



The TGA's Pharmacovigilance Inspection Program (PVIP) Risk Assessment Survey is now closed. This program is designed to facilitate the collection and evaluation of safety information relating to all medicines on the ARTG. It involves TGA representatives interviewing sponsors and reviewing documents in order to assess the sponsor's compliance with pharmacovigilance requirements. To read more about your obligations refer to the TGA responsibilities document.and inspection program guidance.


Notification of a New Proprietary Ingredient

There is a revised form and guidance on the TGA website for a proprietary ingredient notification. This is for suppliers of ingredient mixtures, such as flavours or fragrances, who do not wish to disclose the mixture's formulation details (such as ingredient quantities) to sponsors of the therapeutic goods on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Source: Proprietary ingredient Post


Therapeutic Goods Administration Face Mask Review

The TGA is undertaking a post-market review of all face masks included in the ARTG. Concerns have been raised about the quality and effectiveness of some face masks, including that they are on the ARTG but do not meet the legislative requirements for medical devices, or do not, perform as intended. Source: Post Market Review


Therapeutic Goods Administration Product Defect Alert

The TGA has issued a Product Defect Alert notice for Softmed branded surgical masks manufactured by Wuhan Topmed following a post market review. These face masks have been supplied under the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) entry 333133 by the sponsor M House. TGA testing showed the masks did not perform, in relation to fluid resistance claims, as labelled. When tested by the TGA Laboratories, some batches of the masks did not perform at Level 3 but passed at Level 2. Others did not perform at Levels 2 and 3 but passed at Level 1. The TGA is awaiting further information from the sponsor regarding some of the Softmed masks and will consider if further regulatory action will be required. The masks have not been imported into Australia by the sponsor since July 2020, and there are no plans to supply them in the foreseeable future. Source: Product defect alert for some Softmed branded surgical masks


Therapeutic Goods Administration COVID-19 Proceedings

The TGA has issued an infringement notice for $13,320 to Target Australia Pty Ltd for the alleged importation of surgical face masks not on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). Source: TGA Notice  

Victoria-based company Manningham Corporation Pty Ltd was fined $13,320 Source: TGA Notice

and a woman based in Victoria fined $2,664 for the alleged unlawful importation of medical face masks in relation to COVID-19 Source: TGA Notice. Nafara Australia has been fined $13,320 for unlawful supply of face masks Source: TGA Notice


Therapeutic Goods Administration Proceedings

In other TGA actions, Australian Beauty Group Pty Ltd has been fined $26,640 for alleged advertising breaches in which they advertised on their websites non-contact thermometers and implied the TGA had endorsed the medical devices. Promoting products as "TGA approved" or "TGA registered", or including other government endorsements, whether they are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) or not, is a breach of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act). Source: TGA Notice


Alleged Unlawful Advertising of Hydrogen Peroxide

Analytical Products & Services Pty Ltd (ANPROS) has received three infringement notices totalling $39,960 for advertising hydrogen peroxide as a treatment for cancer and emphysema Source: TGA Notice.  a Sydney man has been fined $10,656 for unlawful advertising of hydrogen peroxide and Condy’s crystals for treatment of coronavirus and cancer Source: TGA Notice


Unlawful Advertising of a Complementary Medicine

Cat Media has been fined $13,320 for advertising a product called Fat Baster Apple Cider Vinegar and Garcina Max that was not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) Source: TGA Notice


TGA Provides Latest Guidance on Advertising Requirements

The TGA has published guidance on how advertisers can lawfully advise consumers that a product is included in the ARTG. Source: TGA Advertising therapeutic goods


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TGA Manufacturing Webinar  

A webinar the TGA presented at RACI NSW Pharmaceutical Science Group is now available on the TGA website. The topic is “Remote Inspections from TGA perspective - Impact of Covid-19 Restrictions on Manufacturers and Test Laboratories”. Source: TGA Webinar 


Remote Inspections of Overseas Manufacturers

The TGA has published guidance for overseas manufactures on how they conduct remote GMP inspections here and here.


Government Program to Support Manufacturing

A $1.5 billion investment in a Modern Manufacturing Strategy has been announced with funding for eligible manufacturers for key manufacturing initiatives. Manufacturers can apply for co-funding under the Modern Manufacturing initiative. To be eligible for grants businesses will need to demonstrate expected job growth and the upskilling of their existing employees. Applicants will also need to demonstrate alignment with the National Manufacturing Priorities. Subscribe to updates at the Department of Industry, Science and Energy – here.



Failing Food Reports – September 2020

These latest reports detail food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month of September. Among the usual pathogens detected in these imported foods are such organisms as E.coli (found in Indonesian and Vietnamese clam) and assorted toxins such as histamine (found in anchovies from the Philippines), and the illegal addition of vitamins to many foods (Vitamin B5 in shakes from the Netherlands). Numerous foods seized due to excessive amounts of caffeine. Source: Food fails September 2020


FSANZ Notifications

Application A1214 – Nicotinamide riboside chloride as Vitamin BS in FSMP: Application to amend the Food Standards Code to permit the use of nicotinamide riboside chloride as a permitted form of Vitamin B3 in food for special medical purposes (FSMPs). Source: Application A1214

Application A1215 – Cetylpyridinium chloride as washing processing aid: To request the addition of Cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) to Schedule 18 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Source: Application A1215

Application A1193 – Application to approve the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary measure for all types of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Source: Application A1193

Proposal P1051 – Code Revision (2020) - The purpose of this proposal is to make minor amendments to the Food Standards Code, including the correction of typographical errors, formatting issues and updating of references. Source: Proposal P1051


Public Consultation

The consultation ‘Public Consultation – Consistency of food regulatory approaches’ is available through the Department of Health’s Consultation Hub.  Survey responses and submissions are due by midnight 18 December 2020. This is part of the plan to reform the Bi-national Food Regulation System and includes a comprehensive review of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 and the Intergovernmental Food Regulation Agreement. Source: Modernisation of the food regulation system


TGA Declares Certain Products Presented as Formulated Supplementary Sports Foods to be Medicines

The Therapeutic Goods (Declared Goods) Amendment (Sports Supplements) Order 2020) (‘the Sports Supplement Declared Goods Order’) has been released. Source: Federal Register of LegislationFrom 30 November certain sports supplements are regulated as therapeutic goods (medicines). Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment imported food notice to advise of requirements released here.


Konjac Restrictions

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment released a reminder imported food notice to advise that mini jelly cups containing konjac having a height or width of less than or equal to 45mm are banned for sale under the Australian Consumer Law within the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Source: Konjac imported food notice


Product Recall

Pete Evans Healthy Everyday Jamaican Simmer Sauce 330g has been recalled, as Thai Green Curry Sauce 330g has been labelled incorrectly as Jamaican Simmer Sauce 330g which has resulted in the presence of fish (an undeclared allergen). Source: Food Recall


Made in Australia

Simplot Australia has amended the country of origin labelling on 31 frozen fish products, from ‘Made in Australia’ to ‘Packed in Australia’, following concerns raised by the ACCC. The fish were imported and not substantially transformed in Australia Source: ACCC news


Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Sunscreens:

AICIS Release Guidance and Documents

The AICIS (previously NICNAS) is the regulator responsible for industrial chemicals and cosmetic ingredients. Annual declaration and post-introduction declaration forms will be available at the end of November.

AICIS has recently published guidance on the following topics:

  • Guide to applying online for an assessment certificate
  • Categorisation of chemicals introduced for research and development
  • Extra guidance on categorising polymers
  • FAQs on Low-risk flavour or fragrance blend introductions
  • Guide to categorising internationally assessed introductions. Source: AICIS


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