Role of the ACMD in the TGA’s regulatory decision making process
The Advisory Committee on Medical Devices (ACMD) is a statutory advisory committee established by the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990. The committee provides independent expert advice on specific scientific and technical matters in order to aid the TGA’s decision making and other regulatory processes.
While the advice provided by the ACMD is an important element in the undertaking of the TGA’s regulatory functions it forms only part of the information that is available to delegates when they make a regulatory decision under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989. It is important to note that while appropriate consideration will always be given to such advice, the TGA is not obliged to follow the specific recommendations and advice given by the committee.
It should also be noted that information about advice provided by the committee may not become publicly available for some time after the committee has provided that advice. The purpose of this Meeting Statement is to describe in general terms the matters considered by the committee at each meeting and for it to be available as soon as reasonably practical after the relevant meeting.
Update on matters where the Committee previously provided advice and a TGA decision has been made
The committee was advised that the applicant for a surgical aortic valve has provided further data including updated Instructions for Use.
The sponsor of defibrillators and pacemakers considered at the 32nd meeting has provided acceptable data and the applications have been approved.
The annuloplasty ring considered at the 32nd meeting has been included on the ARTG.
Both knee systems considered at the 33rd meeting are expected to be finalised shortly.
Overview of the therapeutic goods referred for advice
At the 34th ACMD meeting the committee considered the following devices:
- A shoulder prosthesis system;
- Components of an intracardiac pacemaker system;
- A femoral head for an implantable hip system;
- An implantable acetabular cup;
- A glucose monitoring system for paediatric use.
The committee considered whether the benefits outweighed the risks for the devices and whether adequate evidence has been provided to demonstrate safety and performance through compliance with the Essential Principles.
Overview of the post market issues referred for advice
At the 34th ACMD meeting the committee considered the following post market item:
- Continuous glucose monitoring systems and associated insulin pumps in the post-market space.
The committee’s advice has now been provided to the TGA for consideration as part of the TGA’s regulatory decision-making processes.
Meeting statements are made publicly available after each meeting.
For further information on the ACMD, please visit the ACMD web page or contact the ACMD Secretary by phone on (02) 6232 8734 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org