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Complementary medicines

Complementary medicines include complementary medicine ingredients such as vitamin, mineral, herbal material, aromatherapy and homoeopathic preparations. They are non-prescription medicines and are also known as alternative medicines.

Complementary medicines are non-prescription medicines. They are medicines that primarily contain complementary medicine ingredients that have an established identity and tradition of use. Examples of complementary medicine ingredients are:

  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • plant material
  • nutritional substances
  • essential oils
  • microorganisms
  • animal material

For the full list of complementary medicine active ingredients see Schedule 14 of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990.

Complementary medicines can be registered (higher risk), assessed listed (lower risk) or listed (lowest risk) in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

Most complementary medicines are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) as listed medicines.

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