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Australian Regulatory Guidelines for Advertising Therapeutic Goods (ARGATG)

Guidance for advertisers

8 November 2018

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Advertising and endorsements

This guidance for advertisers applies to the current Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2015 but incorporates amendments to the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act) that came into effect on 6 March 2018, and has been further updated to provide specific information on advertising biologicals and to also include more background information on advertising requirements.

The Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (No.2) 2018 was made on 31 October 2018 to replace the 2018 Code which will come into effect on 1 January 2019. A summary of the changes is available. To assist advertisers with implementation, we have also published guidance material; Complying with the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (No. 2) 2018.

You are not permitted to refer to TGA, use a government logo, or imply that any government body (including a foreign government agency) endorses a therapeutic good in any advertisement to the public.

Implying government approval

Do not make reference to government agencies (domestic or foreign), including TGA, in any advertising or promotional material as this potentially implies endorsement by that agency. This includes:

  • statements such as 'TGA approved' or 'Government endorsed'
  • using the TGA logo or the Commonwealth Coat of Arms
  • statements that a therapeutic good is 'included in the ARTG by the TGA', 'registered by the TGA', 'TGA listed' or similar.

Advertising ARTG entry

The ARTG contains information about therapeutic goods that can be commercially supplied in Australia.

We encourage you, as the advertiser, to provide the public with a product's ARTG details.

However, you are not permitted to make a broad statement that a therapeutic good is listed, registered, or included in the ARTG, even where factually correct, unless it forms part of a statement of the ARTG number.

You may use terms such as:

  • For devices: 'Product X is entered in the ARTG, <ARTG number>'
  • For biologicals: 'Product X is included in the ARTG, <ARTG number>'
  • For medicines and other therapeutic goods that are:
    • listed in the ARTG: 'Product X is listed in the ARTG, AUST L <ARTG number>'
    • registered in the ARTG: 'Product X is registered in the ARTG, AUST R <ARTG number>'

You should also be aware of the important differences between TGA classifications for products entered in the ARTG. We classify medicines as registered, assessed listed or listed. It would be inaccurate and misleading to identify a therapeutic good in advertising as a different classification.

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