TGA approved terminology for medicines
'Australian Approved Names'
12 November 2012
The recent update to this page refers to the publication of the new AAN and ABN forms. The document "TGA approved terminology for medicines (July 1999)" has not been updated, and the forms and ingredient names lists given in this document are not current.
Current forms can be found below on this page, and a comprehensive and current list of ingredients is available through TGA eBusiness Services.
The TGA has developed and maintains lists of Australian approved terminology, to ensure accuracy and consistency in the information compiled in the ARTG. For medicines, the lists cover substances (active ingredients and excipients), containers, dosage forms, routes of administration and units of expression and proportion. These lists are reproduced in this publication.
Australian approved terminology has been developed by the TGA as no single internationally agreed list or primary reference is available which covers comprehensively all substances or terms used, or likely to be used in therapeutic goods in Australia.
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- TGA approved terminology for medicines (July 1999) - full document as at July 1999 (pdf,2.65Mb)
- TGA approved terminology for medicines (July 1999) - amendments to 6 March 2001 (pdf,347kb)
Chapter 1 - Australian approved names for therapeutic substances
Contents, introduction and general information
- Contents, introduction, general information (July 1999) (pdf,249kb)
- Table of contents (amendments to 6 March 2001) (pdf,233kb)
1. Chemical substances
- 1. Chemical substances (July 1999) (pdf,931kb)
- 1. Chemical substances (amendments to 6 March 2001) (pdf,261kb)
2. Biological substances
- 2. Biological substances (July 1999) (pdf,485kb)
- 2. Biological substances (amendments to 6 March 2001) (pdf,240kb)
3. Herbal substances
Chapter 2 - Australian approved terms for use in the completion of applications for the registration or listing of therapeutic goods
- Container types, Dosage forms, Routes of administration, Units and expressions of proportion (July 1999) (pdf,491kb)
- Container types, Dosage forms, Routes of administration, Units and expressions of proportion (amendments to 6 March 2001) (pdf,231kb)
- Application form for proposing a botanical name for a herb (AHN)
- Application form for proposing a herbal substance name (AHS)
- Application form for proposing a herbal component name (HCN)
- Application form for proposing an Australian Approved Name (AAN)
- Application form for proposing an Australian Biological Name (ABN)
Content last updated: Monday, 12 November 2012
Content last reviewed: Monday, 12 November 2012
Web page last updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2012