Advisory Committee on Non-prescription Medicines (ACNM)

14 February 2016

Role of the ACNM

The Advisory Committee on Non-prescription Medicines (ACNM) was formed in January 2010. The ACNM advise and make recommendations to the TGA regarding the entry of non-prescription medicines on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (the Register). This includes:

  • inclusion of a non-prescription medicine on the Register
  • changes to an entry of a non-prescription medicine on the Register
  • removal or retention of a non-prescription medicine on the Register.

ACNM may also provide advice to the TGA on other matters concerning a non-prescription medicine, and any other matters referred to it by the TGA.

The ACNM supersedes the Medicines Evaluation Committee (MEC).

ACNM members


Mr David Newgreen was appointed as chair of the Advisory Committee on Non-prescription Medicines from 2011 after having been a member of the committee and its predecessor, the Medicines Evaluation Committee, since 1999. He is a registered pharmacist, working part-time at the Victorian Pharmacy Authority and in community pharmacy and holds many Honorary Associate Fellow and Lecturer positions. He lectures on drug control at several universities and has published on the subject. He was formerly president of the Victorian branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and has held several other significant pharmaceutical-related positions in the Department of Health, Victoria. Mr Newgreen provides expertise in the field of community pharmacy.


  • Professor Joan Faoagali is an Adjunct Professor within the Department of Microbiology at the University of Queensland, and is an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University. Professor Faoagali has extensive experience in medical (clinical) microbiology and infection control issues. Professor Faoagali provides expertise in microbiology.
  • Associate Professor John Gullotta AM is a General Practitioner and a registered pharmacist. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Medical School. He serves on numerous Medical and Pharmaceutical advisory bodies, is a member of the Advisory Committee on Medicines Scheduling, and is a previous Chair of the Federal Australian Medical Association Therapeutics Committee. Associate Professor Gullotta provides expertise in general medical practice.
  • Associate Professor Henry Kilham is a senior staff specialist at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, working in general paediatric medicine and clinical ethics. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and is an Associate in the Department of Values, Law and Ethics in Medicine of that university. Associate Professor Kilham provides expertise in specialist medical practice (paediatric medicine) and toxicology.
  • Dr Lisa Pont is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy at the Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney. She is a registered pharmacist, with experience in both hospital and community pharmacy in NSW and Tasmania. Dr Pont provides expertise in community pharmacy practice.
  • Professor Andrew Somogyi is a Professor in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology at the School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Australian Medicines Handbook. Professor Somogyi is also a registered pharmacist, and provides expertise in toxicology and pharmacology.

ACNM meeting dates

ACNM planned meeting dates 2016

  • 11 August 2016
  • 8 December 2016

The TGA finalises and sends evaluation reports to sponsors one month prior to the scheduled meeting date.

Contacting the ACNM

To contact the ACNM Secretary:

ACNM Secretary contact information
Phone +61 2 6232 8852
Fax +61 2 6203 1250
Postal address The Advisory Committee on Non-prescription Medicines
Therapeutic Goods Administration
PO Box 100
Woden ACT 2606