20: Granting licences and issuing certification
Once we have decided to grant your licence or issue your GMP certification, the official Decision Letter and GMP Licence or Certificate will be sent via email as a PDF document. No hard copies will be sent in the mail.
All Licences and Certificates of GMP Compliance issued by the TGA will be signed "electronically" and will no longer contain a wet ink signature.
If there are changes to your licence we will reissue it, but if there are no changes to the licence there is no need for this.
You shall not in any way use the fact that a licence has been granted or certification has been issued to provide customers with misleading information regarding applicability of the licence or certification outside the scope for which it has been issued.
All licences and certificates remain the property of the TGA. You must return a licence or certificate upon request. This usually happens when we revoke, suspend or vary a licence.
The Licence to Manufacture includes:
- licence number
- licence holder name
- manufacturing site addresses
- description of the types of products and manufacturing steps authorised
A Schedule of Conditions usually accompanies the Licence to Manufacture. Some of these conditions are common across licences, but some may be specific to a particular licence.
A copy of the Licence to Manufacture and the Schedule of Conditions must be displayed where the general public can view them [Regulation 20(a)].
We must publish (as soon as practicable) the decision to grant a licence [section 38(4), Therapeutic Goods Act 1989]. We also publish a list of licensed Australian manufacturers on the TGA website.
A licence commences on the day specified in the licence and remains in force until revoked or suspended.
|Application for a licence||Section 37 Therapeutic Goods Act 1989|
|Granting a licence||Section 38 Therapeutic Goods Act 1989|
|Term of the licence||Section 39 Therapeutic Goods Act 1989|
|Conditions of the licence||
Section 40 Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
Regulation 19 and 20 Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990
|Variations by the Secretary||Section 40A Therapeutic Goods Act 1989|
|Variations at the request of the licence holder||Section 40B Therapeutic Goods Act 1989|
|Revocation or suspension of licence||Section 41 Therapeutic Goods Act 1989|
|Transfer of licences||
Section 41AAA Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
Regulation 22 Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990
GMP certificate of compliance for licence holders
Once you have been granted a licence, you can request a certificate of GMP compliance if you need one.
Following successful inspection of an overseas manufacturer we issue:
- a GMP certificate to the manufacturer
GMP clearance to the sponsor who made the application and/or who contributed to the costs of the inspection
Please note that we will not accept a TGA issued certificate as evidence for a GMP clearance desktop application if you have declined to contribute to the cost of the inspection without justification. Refer to the GMP Clearance Guidance for more information.
The GMP certificate includes:
- the certificate number
- manufacturing site address
- a description of the types of products and manufacturing steps inspected
- the expiry date, which reflects the intended reinspection frequency and is based on the risk category of the products manufactured and the compliance rating determined at closeout
There may be conditions on a GMP certificate, some of which are common across certificates and some specific to that particular certificate.
We can provide you with notarised copies of manufacturing licences or GMP certificates of compliance for Australian manufacturers if you:
Please note: GMP Certificates of Compliance for Australian manufacturers are not automatically issued after each inspection. You must request and pay for a certificate before it can be issued and/or notarised.
We do not provide notarised copies of GMP certificates issued to overseas manufacturers.