Complementary Medicines and Medical Devices:

New permitted ingredients for listed medicines

The Permissible Ingredients Determination (ingredients that may be use in listed complementary medicines) has been revised. 61 ingredients have been either added to the list, or had names, restrictions or label statements changed.    Source: TGA


Proposed changes to permitted ingredients list

Closing date for comments is Wednesday 15th September. Proposed changes address: Allergen statement for mollusc-derived ingredients - Peripheral neuropathy associated with lower dose vitamin B6 - Risk to infants from nasal use of benzalkonium chloride - Artemisinin and pregnancy risk. Click on link to view more details and respond to the consultation.    Source: TGA.


Compliance enforcement

Evolution Supplements Australia and its Director fined $12 million for advertising a range of unapproved sports products, including references to steroids, Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) and pre-workout products containing DMAA and other amphetamine derivatives. This is the largest penalty ever imposed by the Federal Court in relation to the Therapeutic Goods Act. The company Director failed to comply with TGA directions and attempted to conceal the unlawful advertising.    Source: TGA

Canberra dental practice issued with 20 infringement notices totalling $266,400 for importation and supply of unapproved dental implants and bone grafts.    Source: TGA

Gold Ant tablets seized and future shipments will be stopped at the border. The tablets contain the undeclared substance Sildenafil, a prescription-only medicine.    Source: TGA

He Absolute King sachets will be intercepted and destroyed by Australian Border Force as they contain undeclared Tadalafil.    Source: TGA

AB SLIM Slim-cellulose capsule tested and found to contain undisclosed sibutramine. Shipments will be destroyed at the border.    Source: TGA


Local GMP inspections

Where appropriate, these will take remotely during the COVD pandemic in place of on-site inspections.    Source: TGA.


Advertising nicotine vaping products

TGA has allowed pharmacies and pharmacy marketing to groups to promote that they are able to dispense nicotine vaping products (such as nicotine e-cigarettes, nicotine pods and liquid nicotine) on prescription.    Source: TGA


Post-market review of face masks

TGA is continuing its post-market reviews. List of cancelled products, non-compliance notices and other action are detailed.    Source: TGA


Guidance on regulation of personal protective equipment

Includes overview of regulations, manufacturing and standards, relevant to surgical masks and respirators, surgical gowns and gloves.    Source: TGA


Borderline disinfectant and related products with antiviral claims including COVID-19

This is a guide to those products that sit at the interface between consumer goods and therapeutic goods.    Source: TGA


TGA launches new information podcasts.

This is a 5 part series "Navigating Therapeutic Goods Regulations" to explain how the TGA works and includes "everything from how to supply therapeutic goods to the TGA Laboratories and remote GMP inspections".    Source: TGA


Independent review on MDMA and psilocybin

The Independent Expert Panel has been established to undertake a systematic literature review of the roles of MDMA and psilocybin for the treatment of mental health conditions.    Source: TGA


Proposed refinements to the regulation of personalised medical devices

This is a comprehensive summary of 137 responses from a variety of stakeholders to the three proposals put forward. A number of alternative approaches were put forward. Submissions that gave permission to be published can be viewed here.    Source: TGA




Applications, approvals and amendments to the Food Standards Code

FSANZ has commended assessing applications for:

The steviol glycoside, rebaudioside I, produced by enzymatic bioconversion of stevia leaf extract. The bioconversion enzymes are derived from a genetically modified yeast strain, Pichia pastoris.    Source: FSANZ

Maltogenic alpha amylase, sourced from GM Escherichia coli, as a processing aid in baking, brewing and starch processing.   SourceFSANZ

Food derived from wheat line IND-00412-7, genetically modified for drought-tolerance.   SourceFSANZ


Calls for comment on proposed changes

Summarises issues on which FSANZ has called for comment. The deadlines are mostly in September, and include nutrient composition of infant formula products, maltogenic alpha amylase enzyme from genetically modified Bacillus lichenformis, 2’-fucosyllactose in infant formula products, substances used in sports foods, and the safety of titanium dioxide as a food additive.    Source: FSANZ


Failing Food Report – June 2021

Foods inspected at the border. Includes risk food test results and surveillance food test results.    Source: Dept Agriculture, Water and the Environment


Current food recalls

Summarises recalls to up until 10th August. Four recalls in August include Leggo’s Fresh Napoli Sauce, Conroy’s smallgoods, Jordan Rover dates and Koo canned mixed vegetable varieties.    Source: FSANZ.


Biosecurity import conditions

BICON is the Australian Government's database of more than 20,000 plants, animals, minerals and biological products. You can search the database to determine what import conditions may exist and if an import permit is required.    Source: Dept of Agriculture, Water and the Environment


26th Australian Total Diet Study published

FSANZ has released the results of the study which looked at levels of persistent organic pollutants including dioxins, dioxin-like compounds and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in food. Chief Executive Officer Mark Booth said the results are good news.    Source: FSANZ



Cosmetics, Personal Care and TGA Listed Medicines:

New video explains the basics of AICIS registration

This 2-minute video explains when you do – and don't – need to register your business with AICIS, and gives a quick overview of the fees and charges.    Source: AICIS


AICIS Consultation on proposed amendments to the General Rules

Includes clarifying criteria for industrial chemicals introduced at the nanoscale - declarations about data ownership - annual declarations - clarifying record-keeping for listed introductions, specified classes, designated releases to the environment, internationally-assessed - the authorisation process for movement of industrial chemicals into or out of Australia that are subject to the Rotterdam Convention - transitional provisions.    Source: AICIS


Annual declaration for all introducers

This is a declaration you make about the industrial chemicals you imported or manufactured during the previous registration year. AICIS has produced a video to explain what is required and how to lodge a declaration.    Source: AICIS


Chemicals added to the Inventory 5 years after issue of assessment

Six chemicals added in August 2021.    Source: AICIS


Correction of chemical names

Over 100 chemicals have had their names updated during August 2021.    Source: AICIS


New Zealand news

Social media “influencers”: The advertising Standards Authority has released a reporting process for advertising breaches. Advertising content must be clearly identified no matter where it is published.    Source: ASA.


Country of origin breach: New Zealand Health Food Company Ltd​ has been fined $377,000 after pleading guilty to engaging in conduct liable to mislead the public about the origin of ingredients in its royal jelly supplements. The royal jelly in the supplements came from China. Most of the other ingredients were sourced from countries other than New Zealand, including Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Papua New Guinea, North America, and Samoa. The royal jelly was put into capsules and packaged in New Zealand, the commission found.    Source: Commerce Commission of New Zealand.

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