Laboratories Branch - international affiliations
The Laboratories Branch maintains important links with other National Regulatory Authorities and organisations. We participate in international collaborative studies and in the calibration of reference materials for use as standardised test controls and also provide scientific advice and specialised training in laboratory techniques to other National Regulatory Agencies.
Our branch is responsible for the batch certification scheme (Batch Certificate of a Pharmaceutical Product - BCPP) for batches of biological products being exported from Australian manufacturers to overseas markets.
As an integral part of the regulatory process, we are involved in the development of technical standards for therapeutic goods, at both national and international levels. These are often in the form of guidelines for industry, Australian Standards, ISO standards, pharmacopoeial monographs or input to pharmacopoeial committees. We actively cooperate with other National Regulatory Authorities, international committees and international standard setting organisations including:
- Standards Australia;
- International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO);
- British Pharmacopoeia (BP) Commission;
- European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & Healthcare (EDQM)
- European Pharmacopoeia (PhEur) Commission;
- European network of Official Medicines Control Laboratories (OMCLs);
- European Medicines Agency (EMA);
- United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Convention; and
- World Health Organization (WHO).
World Health Organization collaborating centres
The TGA laboratories are designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a:
- WHO Collaborating Centre for Drug Quality Assurance; and
- WHO Collaborating Centre for Quality Assurance of Vaccines and other Biologicals
The two WHO collaborating centres form part of the collaborative network set up by WHO in support of its policies and programs. Designation is based on our activities and expertise that align with WHO aims and objectives. Each centre provides a four-year activity plan to the WHO and submits progress reports annually.
More information: WHO collaborating centres
WHO Collaborating Centre for Drug Quality Assurance
The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Centre for the period 2014-2018 include:
- Provide support to the WHO's programme of the International Pharmacopoeia, including development and validation of test methods for medicines.
- Perform quality assurance testing of medicines.
- Provide scientific advice on the quality assurance of medicines.
- In collaboration with WHO, provide training of laboratory personnel in the validation and application of analytical procedures in the quality assurance of medicines.
WHO Collaborating Centre for Quality Assurance of Vaccines and Biological Medicines
The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Centre for the period 2014-18 include:
- To contribute to strengthening institutional capacity of regulatory authorities through the regional NRA alliance framework in the Western Pacific Region or other regions.
- To support WHO in developing international written standards and guidelines for regulatory evaluation of vaccines and biological medicines and implementing these standards into practice.
- To contribute to the development of international measurement standards and reference materials for vaccines and biological medicines.
- To provide scientific advice on seasonal and/or pandemic influenza vaccine virus strain selection.
- To perform laboratory testing of the quality of vaccines and biological medicines.