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Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines (ACCM)

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8 January 2019

Role of the ACCM

The Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines (ACCM) was formed in January 2010 to advise and make recommendations to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on the safety, efficacy and manufacturing quality of a complementary medicine in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.

The Committee is established under Regulation 39 of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 and the members are appointed by the Minister for Health.

ACCM supersedes the Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee (CMEC) and has an increased focus on the advisory role within the regulatory framework of complementary medicines.

Membership comprises of professionals with specific scientific, medical, clinical expertise as well as appropriate consumer health issues relating to complementary medicines.



Professor Peter Howe is Professor of Nutrition Research at the University of Newcastle and Professor of Clinical Nutrition at the University of Southern Queensland. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide. With an extensive track record of multidisciplinary preclinical and clinical research in nutrition, cardiovascular physiology and neuroscience, he has sought to strengthen the evidence base for health benefits of functional foods and nutraceuticals through collaborative partnerships with the industry. Professor Howe has published 250 papers with 6500 citations and is joint Editor-in-chief of the open access journal Nutrients and a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Australia. Professor Howe provides expertise in the field of nutrition and nutritional medicine.


Dr Alison Haywood is Senior Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, Griffith University and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Mater Medical Research Institute. Her research interests are in personalised medicine. Her involvement in clinical research includes drug analysis, formulation and stability, pharmacometrics, pharmacogenomics and evidence based medicine. Dr Haywood provides expertise in the field of manufacture of medicines.

Dr Henry Ko is a consumer advocate with a background in the culturally and linguistically diverse community and cancer consumer groups. He is a consumer of traditional Chinese medicines and therapies, as well as Western complementary medicines. Furthermore he has technical expertise in evaluating clinical research, specifically in clinical trials methodologies and health technology assessment methods. Dr Ko provides expertise in the field of consumer health issues.

Dr Di Wen Lai graduated from Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1986 with a Bachelor of Medicine degree. She obtained a Graduate Diploma in Preventative Medicine from Edith Cowan University, WA and studied Medical Laboratory Science at Curtin University, Western Australia. Dr Lai is a registered Chinese Medicine practitioner and has conducted a private practice in Perth since 1990. She was appointed as a practitioner member to the inaugural Chinese Medicine Board of Australia in 2011 by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council. Dr Lai provides expertise in the field of complementary medical practice (Chinese medicine) and naturopathy.

Associate Professor Marie Pirotta is an academic general practitioner at the University of Melbourne with a long standing interest in research regarding complementary medicines. She has over 30 years of general practice clinical experience, over 15 years research expertise focusing on the effectiveness and safety of complementary medicine; and has been published in the British Medical Journal. Associate Professor Pirotta has been a chief investigator on many NHMRC-funded research projects and is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers. Associate Professor Pirotta provides expertise in the field of complementary medical practice.

Professor David Sibritt is a Professor of Epidemiology and Deputy Director of the Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine at University of Technology, Sydney; a world-leading critical public health research centre focusing on complementary and integrative health care. He is an experienced quantitative researcher and has produced over 250 academic publications. Professor Sibritt provides expertise in the field of epidemiology.

Dr Simon Spedding has practiced medicine for over 30 years focusing on evidence-based conventional and complementary medicine. He has a specialist qualification in Exercise and Sports Medicine and a Masters in Applied Epidemiology from Australian National University and the Australasian Cochrane Centre. He is the Senior Research Fellow at University of South Australia, researching and publishing about vitamin D. He is an editor for the international journal Nutrients. Dr Spedding provides expertise in the field of general medical practice in Australia.

Associate Professor Evelin Tiralongo holds dual Australian and German registrations as a pharmacist, with postgraduate degrees in pharmacognosy and biochemistry. She is the Director of Griffith University's Clinical Trial Unit and is also Discipline Head for Complementary Medicine Education in Pharmacy Programs. She has been published widely, serves on several editorial boards and was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council Homeopathy Working Group. Associate Professor Tiralongo provides expertise in the field of pharmacognosy and biochemistry.

2019 ACCM proposed meeting dates

Meeting no. Meeting dates
21 28 March 2019
22 26 July 2019
23 21 November 2019

Contact details for the ACCM

Phone +61 2 6232 8665
Mobile +61 468 609 842
Fax +61 2 6203 1250
Postal Address Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines
Therapeutic Goods Administration
PO Box 100
Attn: Scheduling & Committee Support Section, MDP 122