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TGA business plan 2014-2015
Therapeutic Goods Administration
Alliances and shared responsibilities
Cooperative work with other Australian Government agencies
The TGA collaborates closely with several of the regulators within the Health Portfolio and the Agriculture Portfolio on common issues. This includes:
- Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, on regulatory issues at the food-medicines interface
- The Office of Chemical Safety, particularly relationships with the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme on chemicals and cosmetics
- Office of Gene Technology Regulator on gene technology in therapeutic goods
- The Department of Agriculture on biosecurity issues
- Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority on veterinary medicines and in relation to chemical and veterinary medicines scheduling issues.
A Regulators' forum of the heads of these agencies, including the TGA National Manager, meets three times annually and facilitates collaboration on harmonised training and exchange of best practice approaches for regulation in relevant food, agriculture and health areas.
In addition, the TGA works closely with the following other government departments and agencies:
- Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Foreign Affairs and Trade on the deregulation agenda and international regulatory collaboration
- Commonwealth Ombudsman's office in relation to provision of information and determination of complaints
- Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in relation to importation and export of therapeutic goods
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in relation to fair trading and consumer issues relating to promotion and use of therapeutic goods and health services.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activities
The Department is committed to having a diverse workforce. Targets have been set for all APS agencies to have 2.7% indigenous workforce by 2015. TGA's target comprises part of the broader Health Department's target. Indigenous staff comprise 0.4% of the TGA workforce.