Pathways for supply of biologicals
Not everything that meets our definition of a biological is regulated as a biological. Before reading this guidance, check that your product is regulated as a biological by reading:
If you are new to the regulatory environment, you may find the following information helpful:
- A summary of supplying therapeutic goods in Australia which is an introductory video.
- Basics of therapeutic goods regulation explains important information sponsors need to know.
Pathways for supply
The pathway for supply of biological products in Australia varies depending on whether your product is:
- exempt from some TGA regulation
- an 'unapproved' biological authorised for supply
- included on the ARTG.
You should also familiarise yourself with the manufacturing principles that will apply to manufacturing sites relating to your product, and the sponsor has certain responsibilities related to GMP clearance and certification for these sites.
Certain autologous human cell and tissue products may be eligible for exemption from some regulatory requirements, but you must:
- meet specific eligibility criteria
- fulfil some regulatory obligations
To understand if your product is eligible and what regulatory requirements you must still comply with, refer to Exempt autologous HCTs.
We encourage supply of biologicals that are on the ARTG because they have been evaluated for quality, safety and efficacy. However, if you need to supply a biological that is not on the ARTG (an 'unapproved' biological'), the following pathways are available, depending on whether the use is:
- as part of a clinical trial (clinical trial schemes)
- for an individual patient (special access scheme)
- by an individual practitioner for multiple patients (authorised prescriber scheme).
For more information see: Access to unapproved biologicals.
Biologicals included on the ARTG
The process for inclusion on the ARTG is to:
Biologicals may also be packaged with or combined with another therapeutic good. These may be defined as either a combination product or a biological kit, composite pack or system/procedure pack.
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Biological Science Section
Regulatory Guidance Team