Completing a designation application form in TGA Business Services

A step-by-step guide for prescription medicines

1 August 2017

This is a step-by-step guide for agents and/or sponsors of prescription medicines who wish to apply for Priority review or Orphan drug designation through TGA Business Services.

Before you apply

To make an application you will need:

  • a TGA client ID number
  • access to the TGA Business Services portal

If you do not have a client ID number or access to the TGA Business Services portal, go to TGA Business Services: getting started with TGA and submit the online organisation details form.

Completing your application

  1. Log in to TGA Business Services.
  2. From the Applications dropdown menu, go to Prescription Medicine and select Designation Application.

    Screenshot: Applications dropdown menu with Designation Application highlighted

  3. An application window will open. This window offers four tabs:

    Screenshot: Designation Application window showing four tabs

    • Applicant Details
    • Application Scope
    • Product Details
    • Administration

    On each tab there are a number of fields to fill in.

    Fields marked with a red asterisk are always mandatory. Fields marked with a grey asterisk are mandatory in some circumstances.

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If you need to exit your application before it is complete, you can save it as a draft.

  1. From within the application screen, click on the Save button at the bottom right of your browser window.

    Screenshot: Save button

    Your changes will be saved as a draft. You can now close your application.

  2. When you next log in to your Business Portal, go to the My Work menu and click on the arrow beside Work on drafts.

    Screenshot: My Work menu and Work on drafts selection

  3. This will open a list of your drafts. Choose your draft designation application from this list.

    Screenshot: List of drafts

  4. Double-click on the designation application to reopen your draft and continue.

Enter the applicant details on the Applicant Details tab.

  1. The first field on this tab is Applicant name. This is a mandatory field and will be automatically populated based on your login details.

    Screenshot: Applicant name field

If you are logged in as a sponsor, a number of fields on this tab that are visible to agents will not be visible to you. This is because we already hold certain information about you and do not need you to re-enter it.

Sponsors should go directly from Step 1 to Step 4.

  1. The next field is Sponsor organisation. This field is mandatory. Click on the arrow at the right of the field and select the appropriate sponsor organisation from the dropdown list.

    Screenshot: Sponsor organisation field

  2. Next, indicate whether you wish us to send the fee invoice to the sponsor. Select either the Yes or No radio button as appropriate.

    Screenshot: Send fee invoice to sponsor? field

  3. The next two fields, Regulatory correspondence address and Billing address, are mandatory. Once you have selected a sponsor, you will be able to choose the appropriate address from the associated dropdown lists.

    Screenshot: Regulatory correspondence and billing address fields

  4. The next field allows you to select a Primary contact person. Click on the arrow at the right of the field to select the appropriate contact person from the dropdown list.

    The Name, Telephone number and Email fields will autopopulate once you have made your selection.

    Screenshot: Primary contact person details fields

If you are logged in as a sponsor, these fields will already be populated. You can change the autopopulated details by clicking on the Clear button at the right of the Primary contact person field.

  1. Finally, you may also nominate a Secondary contact person. This field is not mandatory.

    Click on the down arrow at the right of the field to select from the dropdown list. The Name, Telephone number and Email fields will autopopulate once you have made your selection.

    Screenshot: Secondary contact person details fields

  2. When you are done, click on the Next button at the bottom left of the browser window to move to the next tab.

    Screenshot: Previous and Next buttons

The Application Scope tab offers explanatory information on the application process and allows you to indicate if you are applying for Orphan drug or Priority review designation. You can also upload supporting documentation from this tab.

  1. Select which designation you wish to apply for.

    Screenshot: Designation selection

You may select either Orphan Drug Designation, Priority Review Designation or both.

If you make an incorrect selection, click on the Clear Selections button to clear your selection.

Priority Review Designation

Selecting Priority Review Designation will open explanatory text and a number of related fields:

  • Serious condition
  • Comparison against existing therapeutic products
  • Major therapeutic advance

Screenshot: Priority Designation fields and explanatory text

These fields are mandatory. Select an answer for each field in line with the guidance provided.

Orphan Drug Designation

Selecting Orphan Drug Designation will open explanatory text and a number of related fields:

  • Is your Orphan Drug Designation application for a new dosage form medicine?
  • Seriousness
  • Comparison with registered therapeutic goods
  • Prevalence threshold OR lack of financial viability
  • Medical plausibility
  • Overseas regulators and safety

Screenshot: Orphan Drug Designation fields and explanatory text

These fields are mandatory. Select an answer for each field in line with the guidance provided.

  1. The next field asks you to indicate whether the product has already been designated an Orphan drug for the proposed indication. Select either Yes or No as appropriate.

    Screenshot: Has the product been designated an orphan drug already field

    If you wish to select No, you must first click on Yes and then on No to autopopulate the Designation Application Fee field.

  2. The next field, Designation Application Fee, will be autopopulated. If you select Yes for the previous question, the field will autopopulate with $0.00. If you select No, the field will autopopulate with the appropriate fee.

    Screenshot: Designation Application fee fields

You do not have to pay a fee for Orphan drug designation applications.

If you are applying for both Orphan drug designation and Priority review at the same time, you will be charged a fee for the Priority review designation. However, if your Orphan drug designation is granted, your Priority review designation fee will be refunded.

  1. The Application Scope tab also offers a link to the application checklists, which will become available depending on the application scope you select at the top of the tab.

    Screenshot: Priority Review Designation application checklist link

    Screenshot: Orphan Drug Designation application checklist link

    These links will take you to a form page, where you can access the application checklists under D for Designation checklist.

    Screenshot: Application checklists

  2. You can upload supporting documentation at the bottom of this tab. See our guidance on the eligibility criteria and supporting documentation for Priority review and Orphan drugs for more information.

    Note: the Add and Remove buttons will be greyed out until you have saved the form at least once. To activate these buttons, click on the Save button at the bottom right of your window.

    Screenshot: Save button

    Once you have saved the document, the Add and Remove buttons will become active. Click on the Add button to upload a supporting document.

    Screenshot: Add and Remove buttons for uploading supporting documents

  3. This will open an Attachment Details pop-up window.

    Screenshot: Attachment details pop-up window

    Both fields in the Attachment Details pop-up window, Description and Supporting Document, are mandatory. Enter a description of the file and then click on the Browse button at the right of the Supporting Document field to find and upload the document.

  4. Click on Save & Close to upload your file.

Any file you upload must meet the formatting requirements outlined in parts B and C of the general dossier requirements.

Upload separate PDFs for each designation you are applying for.

  1. Click on the Next button at the bottom left of the browser window to move to the next tab, or click on Previous to go back.

    Screenshot: Previous and Next buttons

Enter information about your product on the Product Details tab.

  1. The first field asks if your medicine is an existing TGA registered product.

    Screenshot: Is the product an existing TGA registerd product? field

    Select Yes or No as appropriate. If you select Yes two additional fields, ARTG Number(s) and Existing indication, will open.

  2. Enter the ARTG number of your product in the ARTG Number(s) field.

    Screenshot: ARTG Number(s) field

  3. Enter the existing indication for your product in the Existing indication field.

    Screenshot: Existing indication field

  4. Next, enter the active ingredient in the Name of active ingredient(s) field. This field is mandatory.

    Screenshot: Name of active ingredient(s) field

  5. In the Proposed indication(s) field, enter the indication you propose the product be used for. This field is also mandatory.

    Screenshot: Proposed indication(s) field

  6. The next field, Is the proposed indication the same as the proposed orphan indication? offers two radio buttons. Select Yes or No as appropriate.

    Screenshot: Proposed indication and proposed orphan indication field and radio buttons

  7. If you select No another field, Proposed orphan indication, will open.

    Screenshot: Proposed orphan indication free-text field

    Enter your proposed orphan indication in this field.

  8. In the Dose form(s) field, select all the forms the product is supplied in. You may select as many dosage forms as apply.

    Tick the box to the left of the dose form you wish to select. Use your mouse to scroll through the listed dose forms, or click on the arrows at the right of the field to move up and down through the list.

    Screenshot: Dose form(s) field and selection list

  9. Enter the trade name of the product in the Trade name field.

    Screenshot: Trade name field

  10. The next field, Is the product for prevention, diagnosis or treatment? is mandatory. Select the appropriate answer from the three radio buttons.

    Screenshot: Is the product for prevention, diagnosis or treatment field and radio buttons

  11. Select Yes or No for the next field, Is there a companion diagnostic to this product?. This field is also mandatory.

    Screenshot: Companion diagnostic field

  12. If there have been any overseas regulatory submissions for the product, or it has been granted a designation by a comparable overseas regulator, enter the details in the next field.

    Screenshot: Details of overseas regulatory submissions and designations field

  13. The final field on this tab is also mandatory. Select the Yes or No radio button to indicate whether the product has been refused approval by any overseas regulatory agency for safety or efficacy reasons.

    Screenshot: Overseas regulatory refusal field

    Select Yes or No as appropriate. If you select Yes, an additional field will open. Enter the details of the refusal in this field.

    Screenshot: Details of regulatory refusal field

  14. Click on the Next button at the bottom left of the browser window to move to the next tab, or click on Previous to go back.

    Screenshot: Previous and Next buttons

Enter details about previous applications, clearances and other administrative matters on the Administration tab.

  1. The first field on this tab is Manufacturing site clearances. Select the appropriate radio button to answer this question (either Yes or Lodged). This field will not appear if you are applying for Orphan drug designation only.

    Screenshot: Manufacturing site clearances field

  2. If you have lodged a clearance application with the TGA, provide the GMP reference number in the next field.

    Screenshot: GMP reference numbers field

  3. The next field, Proposed date of submission for registration lodgement to the TGA, is mandatory. Click on the calendar icon at the right of the field to select the appropriate date.

    Screenshot: Proposed submission date field

  4. The Nominated TGA clinical unit for this application field is also mandatory. Select a clinical unit from the dropdown list at the right of this field.

    Screenshot: Nominated TGA clinical unit

If you need more information on clinical units, click on the link to the right of this field.

Screenshot: Link to information on clinical units

  1. The final fields on this tab allow you to enter information on any other application the TGA may currently be evaluating.

    Enter the submission number of any related application in the first field, Application submission number, and provide details of how the submission is related to your application in the next field, Details of the relationship of the submission to this Designation application.

    Screenshot: Other current applications details fields

    After you have completed these fields, click the Add button to add the submission details. These will then be visible at the bottom of the tab.

    Screenshot: Submission details entered

    If you wish to add more submissions, repeat these steps until you have added them all. Please note that if you select Clear, all submissions will be removed from the list.

Validating your application

When you have entered all necessary information on the application form, the Validate radio button will become active. You must validate your application before you can submit it.

  1. Click on the Validate button at the bottom right of your browser window.

    Screenshot: Validate button

    This will trigger a pop-up window.

    Screenshot: Validating wait screen

  2. If there are any issues with your application, a new pane will open on the right of your browser window. The issues will be listed in this pane.
  3. If you double-click on a listed validation issue in this pane, it will open your application at the appropriate tab so you can rectify the issue. (This screenshot shows example messages only. You may have no messages or different messages).

    Screenshot: Validation messages pane with example messages

  4. When you have rectified all validation errors, the Print Preview and Submit buttons at the bottom right of your browser window will become active.

    Screenshot: Submit button

    You are now ready to submit your application.

Submitting your application

When you are ready to submit your application, click on the Submit button at the bottom right of the browser window. This will open a Declaration pop-up window.

Check the details in the declaration. If the details are correct and you agree with the acknowledgements, click on the Agree button at the bottom left of the pop-up.

Screenshot: Declaration pop-up window

Your submission will be lodged and you will be assigned an application number.

Screenshot: Submission Confirmation screen with submission number highlighted

You can close the completed application by clicking on the Close button at the bottom right of your browser window.

Application assessment

For more information on how we will assess your designation application(s), see the Priority review and Orphan drug designation step-by-step guides.

If you have read the guidance and still require assistance, please contact: AET.Application.Entry.Team@health.gov.au.


Version history
Version Description of change Author Effective date
V1.0 Original publication Prescription Medicines Authorisation Branch July 2017