Consultation: Reforms to the regulatory framework for complementary medicines: Assessment pathways

14 February 2017

This consultation closed on 28 March 2017.

Invitation to comment

The TGA sought comments from interested parties on a range of reforms to the regulatory framework for complementary medicines to address Government-agreed recommendations from the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation.

Consultation documents

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Timetable

Documents released for consultation on Tuesday, 14 February 2017.

Interested parties responded by close of business Tuesday, 28 March 2017.

Feedback will be released following consideration of submissions. (see 'What will happen').

About the consultation

The purpose of this consultation is to provide an opportunity for consumers, health professionals and sponsors to contribute to the development and implementation of a range of reforms aimed to improve the regulation of complementary medicines in Australia. These reforms aim to increase transparency for consumers, provide additional flexibility for industry and support innovation, while maintaining the safety and quality of therapeutic goods available in Australia.

The scope of this consultation includes four elements:

  • The development of a three-tiered risk-based framework for the regulation of complementary medicines. This will introduce a new assessment pathway sitting between the existing listed medicine (low risk) and registered medicine (high risk) pathways.
  • The development of a list of permitted indications which must be used by the lowest risk complementary medicines.
  • Allowing sponsors to claim that their medicine has been assessed by the TGA for efficacy where that medicine has undergone pre-market assessment by the TGA.
  • Mechanisms to incentivise innovation for the complementary medicines sector.

Background

In March 2015, the Expert Panel conducting the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation (MMDR review) made 19 recommendations to improve the regulatory controls for complementary medicines manufactured, supplied and /or exported from Australia. These recommendations aimed to:

  • ease regulatory requirements where they do little to improve consumer protections and are a barrier to business and innovation
  • ensure a level of regulation that is commensurate with the potential risks to public health and safety posed by complementary medicines
  • balance these risks and the potential benefits to be obtained by users from the availability of these products in Australia
  • ensure consumers and health professionals have sufficient, accurate information to enable them to select and use complementary medicines safely and effectively.

This paper focuses on the implementation of four of the nineteen recommendations that will have the most significant impact in reshaping the complementary medicines regulatory framework.

Further information on the Government's response to the MMDR recommendations is available at: Medicines and medical devices regulation review.

Content of submissions

Submissions may address any, or all, of the proposals in the consultation document or other identified issues. Submissions might include, for example, suggested improvements or an assessment of how the proposed change will impact on you

Enquiries

Any questions relating to submissions should be directed to the Reform Coordination and Support Section by email to or by telephone to our information line on 1800 020 653 (TGA information line, managed by the Regulatory Assistance Section).

What will happen

All submissions will be placed on this website unless marked confidential or indicated otherwise in the submission form (see Privacy information).

Submissions will be reviewed by the TGA and feedback will be provided through this website.

Privacy information

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    • Seek feedback about how the consultation was undertaken.
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