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TGA external communication and education framework

Priorities and projects 2013-2015

21 December 2012

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Liaison with other information providers

To avoid duplication, the TGA will partner with other information providers within the health arena to communicate targeted information about the regulation of therapeutic goods. These organisations have existing resources and networks that extend beyond those currently available to the TGA.

For example, the TGA will work with the National Prescribing Service (NPS), the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care and other information providers to establish agreement on the provision of information to the public consistent with the principles of the quality use of medicines.

The TGA participates in the Regulators' forum, which is comprised of Australian Government regulators. The forum collaborates on harmonised training and exchange of best practice approaches to regulation of food, agriculture and health.

In addition, the TGA will continue to work closely with the following government agencies:

  • The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority in relation to medicines and poisons scheduling
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand, particularly on which products should be regulated as a food or a medicine
  • The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme, particularly on the regulation of sunscreens
  • The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in relation to fair trading and consumer issues relating to promotion and use of therapeutic goods and health services, and cases of counterfeit or unsafe medicines
  • Central government agencies and the Attorney General's Department on the formation of the ANZTPA
  • The Ombudsman's office in relation to provision of information and determination of complaints
  • The National Health and Medical Research Council in relation to research, clinical trials and new medical practices.

The TGA will also enhance collaborations, and develop potential areas for increased collaboration, with the following organisations:

  • NPS
  • the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • collaborators on issues involving blood and blood products, including the National Blood Authority, the Jurisdictional Blood Committee and the Blood Regulators Network
  • State and Territory health departments
  • medical colleges and pharmaceutical professional bodies.

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