ACMD meeting statement, Meeting 37, 1 December 2017
Advisory Committee on Medical Devices
Role of the ACMD in the TGA's regulatory decision making process
The Advisory Committee on Medical Devices (ACMD) is a statutory advisory committee established by the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990. The committee provides independent expert advice on specific scientific and technical matters in order to aid the TGA's decision making and other regulatory processes.
While the advice provided by the ACMD is an important element in the undertaking of the TGA's regulatory functions it forms only part of the information that is available to delegates when they make a regulatory decision under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. It is important to note that while appropriate consideration will always be given to such advice, the TGA is not obliged to follow the specific recommendations and advice given by the committee.
It should also be noted that information about advice provided by the committee may not become publicly available for some time after the committee has provided that advice. The purpose of this Meeting Statement is to describe in general terms the matters considered by the committee at each meeting and for it to be available as soon as reasonably practical after the relevant meeting.
Update on matters where the Committee previously provided advice and a TGA decision has been made
Three applications for hip system components considered at meeting 36 have been approved.
The remaining medical devices considered at meeting 36 are in the process of finalisation.
Overview of the medical devices referred for advice
At the 37th ACMD meeting the committee considered the following devices:
- Two components of a knee joint replacement system;
- Specific components from three different hip replacement systems; and
- A component from a shoulder replacement system.
The committee considered whether the benefits outweighed the risks for the devices and whether adequate evidence has been provided to demonstrate safety and performance through compliance with the Essential Principles.
Overview of the post market issues referred for advice
At the 37th ACMD meeting the committee considered the following post market issues:
- Six items identified for review through the annual analysis of data collected in the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry.
The committee's advice has now been provided to the TGA for consideration as part of the TGA's regulatory decision-making processes.
Meeting statements are made publicly available after each meeting.