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Australian traveller fined for importing unapproved products in luggage

7 August 2019

An individual has been fined for the alleged importation of unapproved therapeutic goods to be used in cosmetic procedures after returning from an overseas trip to China.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) issued two infringement notices after Australian Border Force officers seized the imported goods as part of a compliance initiative of the TGA.

Australia's therapeutic goods legislation prohibits the import, export, manufacture and supply of therapeutic goods for human use that are not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) or otherwise the subject of an exemption, approval or authority.

Be aware of the risks when considering cosmetic injections

Procedures involving cosmetic injections carry risk, including blindness or even death. Consumers are reminded to do their research before undergoing cosmetic medical procedures:

  • Understand all the risks that are associated with cosmetic injections so you can make an informed decision about your procedure.
  • Beware of home-based beauty services. Individuals offering cheaper, home-based services may be using imported products which have not been approved for supply in Australia.
  • Always attend a consultation before you commit to any cosmetic procedure, and make sure the person performing your procedure is suitably qualified and experienced.

Report illegal or questionable practices

The TGA oversees the regulation of medicines and medical devices that are used in Australia. The TGA implements a range of compliance and enforcement measures to detect, deter and address the illegal trade of unapproved therapeutic goods, including seizing and destroying products and criminal or civil court proceedings, which can result in substantial fines or imprisonment. Businesses and individuals must also comply with the therapeutic goods advertising requirements when advertising cosmetic injections.

You should report illegal or questionable practices, including suspected counterfeit medicines and medical devices to the TGA. If you see an ad that breaks the rules, you can make an advertising complaint online.