Expert review of medicines and medical devices regulation – first report released

The Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Christian Porter, have released the Review of Medicines and Medical Devices: Stage One Report, which covers recommendations on the regulatory frameworks for medicines and medical devices. A panel of three independent experts conducted the Review: Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, Mr Will Delaat AM and Professor John Horvath AO. The Panel is reporting in two stages. The Government is currently considering the first report, and the second report, addressing the regulatory frameworks for complementary medicines and the advertising of therapeutic goods, is due to be delivered to the Minister for Health in the coming months. The Review examined specific aspects of the regulatory framework for medicines and medical devices administered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration with a view to identifying: areas of unnecessary, duplicative, or ineffective regulation that could be removed or streamlined without undermining the safety or quality of therapeutic goods available in Australia; and opportunities to enhance the regulatory framework so that Australia continues to be well positioned to respond effectively to global trends in the development, manufacture, marketing and regulation of therapeutic goods. Further information is available at:

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