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ACPM meeting statement, Meeting 289, 1 March 2013

Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines

1 March 2013

Role of the Advisory Committee on Prescription Medicines (ACPM) in the TGA's regulatory decision making process

The ACPM is a statutory advisory committee established by the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990.

The TGA currently has nine statutory advisory committees from which it can obtain independent expert advice on specific scientific and technical matters to aid the TGA's regulatory decision making and other regulatory processes. The ACPM provides advice to the TGA on, amongst other things, matters relating to the inclusion, variation or retention of prescription medicines on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

The advice provided by the ACPM is an important element in the undertaking of the regulatory functions of the TGA. However, it forms only part of the information that is available to, for instance, a TGA delegate making a regulatory decision under the Therapeutic Goods Act. While appropriate consideration will be given to such advice, it is important to note that neither the TGA nor a TGA delegate is obliged to follow it.

It should also be noted that information about advice provided by the committee may not become publicly available for sometime after a 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.

Overview of the therapeutic goods referred for advice

At this meeting, the committee's advice was sought on four applications before the TGA, including: one application for a new chemical entity; two applications seeking extensions of indications; and one application for a new route of administration.

The committee's advice has now been provided to TGA delegates for consideration as part of the TGA's regulatory decision making process.

Stakeholder engagement

From time to time members of other statutory committees or subcommittees attend a meeting of a TGA statutory advisory committee. In this context, members welcomed the attendance of three Pharmaceutical Subcommittee (PSC) members to observe the meeting: Professor Michael Roberts, the current acting Chair of PSC; Professor Iqbal Ramzan; and Professor Andrew McLachlan.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the ACPM is scheduled for 5 April 2013.

Further information

Meeting statements are made publicly available after each meeting.

For further information on the ACPM, please visit the ACPM web page or contact the ACPM Secretary by phone on 02 6232 8080 or email: acpm@tga.gov.au