As part of the Government's response to the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation (MMDR review), we are implementing a pathway for the provisional registration of prescription medicines. Approval through the provisional pathway will be on the basis of preliminary clinical data where there is the potential for a substantial benefit to Australian patients.
The provisional approval pathway allows sponsors to apply for time-limited provisional registration on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG). It provides access to certain promising new medicines where we assess that the benefit of early availability of the medicine outweighs the risk inherent in the fact that additional data are still required.
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.