For over 20 years we have been providing expert regulatory and technical advice for companies with products going into markets in Australia, New Zealand and USA.

We advise on:

  • Complementary medicines ( or 'dietary supplements')
  • Foods
  • OTC medicines
  • Cosmetics, personal hygiene and domestic cleaning products
  • Medical devices

Our in-house technical team all have university qualifications in relevant disciplines including science, botanic medicine, human nutrition and marketing. 

Our team of specialists will:

  • Review your existing formulations for compliance
  • Search for suitable information to support your product's claims
  • Determine what you can say on your promotional material, including websites, labelling and packaging, and in media advertisng
  • Prepare applications to Government agencies including health and quarantine departments

Unlike home-based businesses, all our associates' work is cross-checked by our senior managers, so that you are assured of relevant, accurate and reliable advice.

With our strong international links, we can also help companies wishing to export from Australia to key markets around the world.

 

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Our in-house technical team all have university qualifications in relevant disciplines including science, botanic medicine, human nutrition and marketing. 

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Breaking News

FSANZ Contemplates Sodium Hydrosulphite as a Food Additive A-1088. This Application seeks to include sodium hydrosulphite (sodium dithionite) as a food additive to be used in the processing of canned abalone. Source:http://tinyurl.com/ns3p8hz
Wall Street Journal Details Chinese Buying Frenzy Surrounding Peruvian Maca On Tuesday, December 2, WSJ published an article detailing the skyrocketing prices of Peruvian maca (Lepidium meyenii), the root of which is prized for its energy-boosting and sexual health effects. Apparently, there has been an influx of Chinese…
TGA Archives Compositional Guideline for Alanylglutamine The Therapeutic Goods Administration has indicated that, effective from 1st December 2014, the compositional guideline for 'Alanylglutamine' has been archived and the USP-NF monograph for 'l-Alanyl-l-glutamine' should be referred to for the…
TGA Presentation Given at ARCS Webinar on Topic of “Advertising Medical Devices to Consumers” The Therapeutic Goods Administration outlined the legal requirements when advertising medical devices to consumers in Australia. Source:http://tinyurl.com/orussch
Maltofer Syrup, Drops & Capsules Added to TGA List of Evaluated Registered Complementary Medicines Iron (III) - ­Hydroxide Polymaltose Complex is indicated for iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia, in particular in infants and small children. See full list of registered CMs here:  http://tinyurl.com/pcm96tv
TGA Safety Advisory - MME Maxman IV Capsules (and more …) The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has tested a product labelled MME Maxman IV capsules and found that it contains the undeclared substance sildenafil, which is a prescription-only medicine and is the active ingredient of Viagra. Source:
Will GMP Certifications Lower My Insurance Premium? If you were an insurance underwriter for a USA “dietary supplement” manufacturer, what factors would you examine that would differentiate one risk from another? In other words, what would make your company look like a better insurance risk…
FSANZ - Prohibited and Restricted Plants and Fungi Food Standards Australia & New Zealand standard 1.4.4 regulates plants and fungi.  It lists the species of plants and fungi that must not be added to food or offered for sale as food.  It also lists the species of plants and fungi that may not be…
TGA Safety Advisory - Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has received advice from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) that testing of certain batches of a product labelled Solgar ABC Dophilus powder found that those batches contain the…
US FDA Visits Australia Seeking to Harmonise Food Regulations The US Food & Drug Administration has been in discussion with NSW Food Authority to discuss Australia’s food safety system. Australia is seeking to achieve recognition of the Australian food system as being comparable to the requirements of the…
NSW Introduces Mandatory Source-Stamping of Eggs It is now mandatory for eggs produced in NSW to be stamped with a unique identifying mark to allow them to be traced back to the farm of origin. The egg stamp is intended for traceability in the event of an outbreak, not advice; consumers will…
Australian Government Commences Expert Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation Department of health is calling for submissions and is seeking feedback from stakeholders to inform its thinking. Written submissions are invited on the questions for consideration raised in the Discussion Paper plus any other relevant feedback.…
ASMI Pleased Trans-Tasman Regulatory Harmonisation Activities will Continue Despite Shelving of ANZTPA Proposal The Australian Self Medication Industry is the peak body representing sponsors of non-prescription medicines – over-the-counter (OTC) and complementary medicines. RFA newsletter covered the Trans-Tasman Harmonisation story in the November 2014…
Study Finds Widespread Adulteration of Grape-Seed Extract Grape seed extracts have been showing up in increasing numbers in the dietary supplements marketplace driven by their connection with blood pressure support and other health benefits. But are all of these extracts what they seem to be? A recent…
ACCC Acts on 'Hi Honey' Misrepresentations Hume Import & Export (Australia) Pty Ltd, trading as Bera Foods, has paid a penalty of $10,200 following the issue of an infringement notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The ACCC considered that by using the word…
FSANZ Seeks Comment on Low THC Hemp as a Food This Application seeks to approve the use of Cannabis sativa with low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, in both seed and seed oil, as a food. Source: http://tinyurl.com/ohuhmpv
FSANZ Seeks Comment on Hydrocyanic Acid in Apricot Kernels & Other Foods This Proposal considers an amendment to the Food Standards Code for hydrocyanic acid in raw apricot kernels, foods derived from them and potentially other foods. Source:http://tinyurl.com/m7y4koo
FSANZ Seeks Comment on Food Derived from Herbicide-Tolerant & Insect-Protected Corn Line The purpose of this Application is to seek approval for food derived from a genetically modified glyphosate-tolerant and corn rootworm-protected corn line. Source:http://tinyurl.com/m6f49rj
FSANZ Seeks Comments on Simplification of the Nutrition Information Panel Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is seeking comment on a recommendation to change the way that nutrition information is provided on food labels. The closing date for submissions is 13 February 2015. Source:http://tinyurl.com/o5heakc
ACCC Appeals Hair Straightening Product Judgment The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed a notice of appeal in relation to the recent decision of the Federal Court which dismissed part of the ACCC’s case against Dateline Imports Pty Ltd (Dateline). Although the Court found…
‘Fatally Flawed’ Review Puts Australian Research Council’s Methods in Doubt The methods of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council have been panned after expert opinion branded its review of evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy as “shoddy” and “fatally flawed” prior to its…
Mountain View Farm Recalls Organic Bath Milk The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alerting consumers that Mountain View Farm Organic Bath Milk has been recalled. The bath milk contains raw, or unpasteurised, milk and is sold in one and two litre varieties. Source:
ACCC Takes Action Against Fresh Eggs Suppliers For Free Range Claims The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against R.L Adams Pty Ltd, which trades as Darling Downs Fresh Eggs, alleging that it made false or misleading representations that its eggs were…
RFA Office Hours During the Festive Season 2014/15: Wednesday December 24 – a half day – morning until midday. Thursday December 25 to Friday January 2, 2015, RFA office will be closed. Returning to work Monday January 5, 2015
ACCC Penalises Importer for False or Misleading Representations About a Hair Straightening Product The Federal Court has ordered Dateline Imports Pty Ltd to pay penalties of $85,000 following action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for false or misleading representations. “Consumers must be able to trust claims that are…
Australia & New Zealand Go Cold on a Common Therapeutic Goods Regulator The Australian and New Zealand Governments have agreed to cease efforts to establish a joint therapeutic products regulator, the Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA). Source: http://tinyurl.com/qhwcdd9; http://tinyurl.com/mfq4r3p
We’re Hiring! Regulatory Affairs Associate Required. RFA Regulatory Affairs is looking for a regulatory affairs associate to join our team. Please see the bottom of this Newsletter for details.
TGA Safety Advisory: Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) The Therapeutic Goods Administration is aware of reports relating to the safety of Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), including a report that four people were hospitalised in Victoria after using the product. MMS is marketed as water purification…
FSANZ Notification Circular 24-14: A1104 – Voluntary Addition of Vitamins & Minerals to Nut- & Seed-based Beverages Food Standrads Australia & New Zealand to seek permission for the voluntary addition of a range of vitamins and minerals to nut- and seed-based beverages that…
Medical Marijuana Inquiry Calls for Public Submissions on Draft Legislation An ACT Legislative Assembly committee conducting an inquiry into the use of medical cannabis in the community has called for public submissions. Public hearings are planned for early 2015 and a report is due to be presented to the Assembly and…
You’d Have to be a Dope Not to Realise the Benefits of Hemp’s CBD Supporters of marihuana use have had their day in the push to legalise cannabis for recreational use. Now, consumers and patients are in increasing numbers turning to the plant’s beneficial properties to bring about a “wellness revolution”,…
Regulatory Reform Will Come, But Don’t Expect the World to Change After years of calling for changes in Australia’s supremely tight regulatory framework, Australian complementary medicine manufacturers might just get some of the things they’ve been asking for, even if the process will only be a “quiet…
NSW Food Authority Recall: Organic Nut and Seed Spreads (various brands) Healthfarm Fine Foods Pty Ltd has recalled 29 various peanut, tree nut and seed spreads sold in Woolworths and health food stores nationally. The products are being recalled due to the presence of allergens at levels in excess of the amount…
NICM Media Release: Professor Alan Bensoussan Receives the Lady Cilento Award The National Institute of Complementary Medicine’s executive director, Professor Alan Bensoussan has received the complementary medicine industry's most prestigious award, the Lady Cilento Award, recognising his life-time achievements and…
Proposal to Setup an International Coalition of Medicines Regulatory Authorities (ICMRA Coordinating international cooperation among medicines regulatory authorities …, will avoid duplication of efforts and promote informed risk-based allocation of authorities' resources. These efforts and others would strengthen the quality, safety…
ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program Releases Second Issue of “Botanical Adulterants Monitor” Newsletter The American Botanical Council, American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and the National Center for Natural Products Research have just released their second issue of the “Botanical Adulterants Monitor,” an e-newsletter intended to provide relevant…
CRN-I Symposium Exports GMP, Other Standards to Global Audience Nearly 50 stakeholders, including international regulators, industry scientists and academics, attended the 2014 Council for Responsible Nutrition - International event. CRN-I will submit a summary of the symposium proceedings to an international…
TGA Releases Latest Version of SUSMP – ‘Poisons Standard’ 2014 The Therapeutic Goods Administration has recently released the latest version of the Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons, otherwise known as ‘The Poisons Standard’. One example of the many significant changes is that,…
POSITION VACANT - Regulatory Affairs Associate RFA Regulatory Affairs is looking for an experienced Regulatory Affairs Associate who has at least 2 years' experience, to join our team at Robert Forbes and Associates in Glebe. We work with companies who supply personal healthcare products…
RFA Office Hours during the Festive Season: Wednesday December 24 – a half day – open, morning until midday. Thursday December 25 to Friday January 2, 2015, RFA office will be closed. Returning to work Monday January 5, 2015
Conference Notification – CRN Annual Symposium (Laguna Niguel) 5-8 November, 2014 The Council for Responsible Nutrition's, Annual Symposium for the Dietary Supplement Industry is being held at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel in California. RFA Regulatory Affairs will be ably represented by our regulatory affairs manager, Kerry…
TGA Changes Scheduling for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (only) to now be Extended to all Salts of Lauryl Sulfate This change to the scheduling of lauryl sulphate salts is predicted to have widespread implications for the formulation of products containing these ingredients. Noting that the joint meeting of the ACCS and ACMS did not support overturning…
TGA Safety Advisories for October VigRX Plus tablets (Contains tadalafil) http://tinyurl.com/qf97abc Mucokehl 'i' 5 mL liquid solution (Insufficient preservative)  http://tinyurl.com/lwxq7kg
TGA Announces Expert Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation On 24 October 2014 the Australian Government announced a review of the regulation of medicines and medical devices. The Review will be carried out by a panel of three experts: Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, Mr Will Delaat AM and Professor John…
Australia Announces Further Measures to Cut Red Tape - Accepting Trusted International Standards Australia will adopt a new principle that if a system, service or product has been approved under a trusted international standard or risk assessment, then our regulators should not impose any additional requirements for approval in Australia,…
Australian Manufacturers of Medical Devices Given a Level Playing Field Under the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, new regulations will be introduced to allow Australian manufacturers to obtain market approval for most medical devices using conformity assessment certification…
Distinguished Scientist, John Cardellina, Joins Botanical Adulterants Programme (BAP The BAP is an international educational joint venture led by three non-profit organizations: the American Botanical Council (ABC), the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP), and the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) at the…
American Consumer Group Demands USDA Protection From Australian Meat A consumer rights group in the US has called on its country’s regulators to review and possibly revoke Australia’s meat inspection process, calling it an inherently flawed system. Source:  (Andrew Schreiber, 13-Oct-2014)
TGA Releases Half-yearly Performance Report for January to June 2014 This report contains some very interesting data on such matters as the total number of listed medicines (LMs) on the ARTG and the total number of LMs processed in this period. There is also information on the numbers of adverse reactions, product…
ACCC - “One-Third of Injury Reports Linked With Cosmetics” Thousands of Australians are being injured by mislabelled and poor-quality products, with one-third of injury reports made to the consumer watchdog in the past year relating to cosmetics. "The injuries can be quite horrendous, especially for those…
Accord Responds to ACCC Cosmetic ‘Injury’ Statements and Unhelpful Media Reports Accord Australasia Limited is the national industry association for the Australasian hygiene, cosmetic and specialty products industry. In response to some of the alarming statements regarding the safety of cosmetic products made by the ACCC’s…
Cancellations From the ARTG Following Compliance Review Thirty six (36) different products, all sponsored by Newlite Enterprises Pty Ltd, were cancelled from the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods in October 2014. The sponsor failed to comply within 14 days after the end of the period specified in…
Australian Department of Agriculture Reminds Suppliers That Honey Means ‘Honey’ Labelling Honey - This notice reminds importers of honey and artificial honey that the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code has defined what the term ‘honey’ means and that it is a prescribed name. Targeted border testing will include…
FSANZ Seeks Information on Proposed Extended Transition Period for Dietary Fibre Claim Requirements Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a consultation paper on an Application seeking to delay the start date of new requirements for nutrition content claims about dietary fibre. FSANZ is seeking stakeholder views on this issue.…
Australian Department of Agriculture Releases “Failing Food Report” for September 2014 This report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during September. Thirty two (32) different foods were stopped at the border and either destroyed or returned at the exporter’s expense. Future consignments…
FSANZ Notification Circulars: A1088 – Sodium Hydrosulphite as a Food Additive http://tinyurl.com/ns3p8hz A1091 – Enzyme Nomenclature Change – Carboxyl Proteinase to Aspergillopepsin I & II http://tinyurl.com/m4q6ocs A1098 – Serine Protease (Chymotrypsin) as a…
TGA Listing Notice 2014 #4 Allows for Urea to be used in a Therapeutic Good This notice has the effect of requiring that therapeutic goods that contain 'urea' as a therapeutically active ingredient, subject to certain conditions, be included in the part of the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (the Register) for…
TGA Listing Notice 2014 #5 Allows for Glutathione to be Used in a Therapeutic Good This notice has the effect of requiring that therapeutic goods that contain 'glutathione' as a therapeutically active ingredient, subject to certain conditions, be included in the part of the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (the Register)…
Conference Notifications: CRN-I (Brisbane) October & CRN (California) November, 2014 The Council for Responsible Nutrition – International will be holding its Annual Symposium at the Mercure Hotel, Brisbane on 16th October, 2014. RFA Regulatory Affairs will be represented at this symposium by our Senior Regulatory Affairs…
TGA Issues Compositional Guideline for Hydroxycitrate Complex Hydroxycitrate complex (AAN) is derived from the fruit rind of Garcinia quaesita Pierre or Garcinia zeylanica Roxb. It contains one or more of the three salts (calcium, potassium or sodium) of hydroxycitric acid. Varying amounts of plant material…
Federal Court Orders $300,000 Penalty After Finding 'Free Range' Egg Claims to be Misleading The Federal Court has declared that Pirovic Enterprises Pty Ltd (Pirovic) engaged in misleading conduct and made misleading representations in its labelling and promotion of eggs as ‘free range’, in proceedings brought by the Australian…
Complementary Medicines: Cancellation From the ARTG Following Compliance Review Body & Health Essentials Maxi Organic Red Grapeseed (L213272) by Body & Health Essentials Pty Ltd was cancelled from ARTG on 15th September 2014. Read all this year’s product cancellations at: http://tinyurl.com/neua7t9
NSW Government Poised to Legalise Medical Marijuana Hospitals and chemists could start supplying free, taxpayer-funded cannabis as part of NSW government reforms that will see possession and use of the drug decriminalised for dying patients. Police will be given formal new guidelines “within…
TGA Presentations Given at the ARCS Scientific Congress, 10-11 September 2014 Read all of the material presented by TGA officers at this conference. Thirteen topics are available in PDF format. These presentation papers are provided on the TGA's website solely for the purpose of indicating or suggesting what TGA…
Conference Notification - FOODLEGAL PRESENTS “Credence Claims and Managing ACCC Risks: Marketing Food in Compliance with The Australian Consumer Law” Melbourne / Thursday 2nd Oct & Sydney / Tuesday 14th Oct 2014, The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is embarking on a campaign scrutinising claims in the marketing of food. Are your claims safe from prosecution? This workshop will…
TGA Consultation: Medicine Labelling The TGA is seeking comments from interested parties on any, or all, of the proposed options in the Regulation Impact Statement on the general labelling requirements for medicines, and other related documents. Submissions are invited to include…
TGA Updates Australian Regulatory Guidelines for Complementary Medicines (ARGCM The Australian regulatory guidelines for complementary medicines (ARGCM) provide information for manufacturers, sponsors, healthcare professionals and the general public on the regulation of complementary medicines in Australia. Source:
Submissions and TGA Response: OTC Cough Medicines for Oral Use A total of five submissions were received. Of these, three respondents consented to have their submissions published alongside TGA responses. Source: http://tinyurl.com/mrbveyg
Submissions and TGA Response: OTC Nasal Decongestant Preparations for Topical Use A total of 10 submissions were received. Of these, six respondents consented to have their submissions published alongside TGA responses. Source: http://tinyurl.com/khn7zfm
TGA Releases OTC Medicine Monograph: Pholcodine This OTC Medicine Monograph outlines the requirements for Australian market authorisation of oral liquid preparations containing pholcodine as a single active ingredient when applied for as an OTC new medicine N2 application. This monograph only…
TGA Safety Advisories (Sept. 2014): African Black Ant capsules (contains the undeclared substance sildenafil) http://tinyurl.com/l6u4hft MMC Sex Men capsules (contains the undeclared substance sildenafil) http://tinyurl.com/lr5j7hq TGA advises that the supply of these products is…
FSANZ Publishes New Substances Applications Food Standards Australia & New Zealand has received applications seeking approval of new enzymes, serine protease (trypsin & chymotrypsin), sourced from a genetically modified strain of Bacillus licheniformis, as a processing aid in the production…
Complementary Medicines Australia Stands Up for the Industry Giving evidence to the NSW Parliament, ‘Inquiry Into the Promotion of False or Misleading Health Related Information’, Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) questioned the scope of the inquiry and demanded to know with only 10 complaints…
NICNAS Issues Notice of Inclusion on AICS, of Cosmetic Ingredients in Products Previously Regulated by TGA The National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme has included ten substances on to the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances of Cosmetic Ingredients, which had been previously governed by the Therapeutic Goods…
TGA Launches New Web service That Helps Consumers Reporting 'Side Effects’ The TGA has launched a new web-based service to make it easier for consumers to report side effects, also known as adverse events, associated with medicines and vaccines. It is generally acknowledged that adverse events are under-reported around…
USA Herbal Dietary Supplement Retail Sales Up 7.9% in 2013 Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States increased by 7.9% in 2013, reaching a total estimated figure of six billion dollars for the first time. These statistics are conclusions of a new report published in the current issue…
TGA Publishes Submissions Received for the Review of the Low Value Turnover Exemption Scheme The TGA sought comments from interested parties on the ‘Review of the low value turnover exemption scheme’ in a consultation that closed on 23 May 2014. A total of 44 submissions were received - 35 from TGA sponsors and 9 from peak industry…
Changes to the Requirements for Labelling Medicines This document compares the new Therapeutic Goods Order 79 (TGO 79) Standard for the labelling of medicines with the current Therapeutic Goods Order 69 (TGO 69) General requirements for labels for medicines. This document has been prepared to help…
TGA has a New Tool That Helps to Decide Whether a Product is a Therapeutic Good or Food The TGA has updated information on its website which claims to assist importers, manufacturers and suppliers to determine whether their products are food or therapeutic goods. Such products are described as being at the food-medicine interface.…
Low Value Turnover Allows for Reduced Fees All sponsors of products listed with the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) know that they have to pay an annual fee to the TGA for each product listed. Currently the fee for a single listed therapeutic product or complementary…
Coca-Cola Agrees to Settle Long-Running Dispute on ‘Vitaminwater’ Coca-Cola has agreed to settle a series of 'copycat' lawsuits accusing it of deceptively marketing Vitaminwater. But the lawsuit that inspired them all - filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in 2009 - is still pending, as the CSPI…
TGA Announces Increased Application Audit Requirements for Some Medical Devices Following a damning report published in the British Medical Journal (October 2012), the TGA has announced increased audit requirements for medical devices using conformity assessment by selected European notified bodies. The TGA is conducting…
FSANZ Calls for Submissions Regarding Health Claims for Sports Foods & Drinks Food Standards Australia & New Zealand (FSANZ) invites comment on allowing formulated supplementary sports foods to carry health claims about physical performance and sport-related beneficial physiological effects beyond current limited permissions…
TGA Safety Advisories August 2014 Illegal and unsafe medicines continue to arrive in Australia and be intercepted by Australian Government authorities: Slyn Both Green capsules (contains sibutramine) http://tinyurl.com/lqbffqo Slyn Both (Men & Women) capsules (contains…
Maggie Beer Falls Foul of ACCC Over Labelling The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Maggie Beer Products Pty Ltd (Maggie Beer Products) in which Maggie Beer Products acknowledges that its conduct was likely to have been…
NSW Food Authority Media Release: “Busting Food Furphies” There are plenty of myths around food safety and Dr. Lisa Szabo is always keen to bust the food furphies that could put people’s health at risk. "A common one is the notion of the five second rule, that if you drop food on the floor but…
Australia Moves to Ban Animal Testing for Cosmetics Australian cosmetics could become free from animal testing with a new public consultation being launched to figure out how to enact laws that will completely ban the practice. Source SMH: http://tinyurl.com/n6d89b4  
Business opportunity: Passionate person looking for business partner to kick-start a herbal medicine project growing and producing Withania somnifera. Withania somnifera root has been used in Ayurvedic medicine, going by the Sanskrit name of Ashwagandha. Anyone…
RFA's Business of the Month - PCeasy Services Pty Ltd Graham Hoade’s biggest strength, is that he can speak ‘computer’ in basic, non-jargon English, so that anyone can understand what he says. Graham currently manages a range of PC (not MAC) clients, from single-user home businesses to 25 person…
‘Release for Supply’ Notification Sponsors of therapeutic goods, which in Australia include complementary medicines (‘dietary supplements’), may not realise that this critical step in manufacturing of therapeutic goods, can be done by an independent consultant! This step…
Legal Status of Cannabis rapidly changing in USA – Can Australia & NZ be Far Behind? The dramatic changes in how Cannabis can be legally utilised in the USA is bound to be reflected in Australia in the foreseeable future. Here are just a sample of recent stories on the current American situation:
Advocates Welcome New York as 23rd…
TGA Issues Update on Evidence Guidelines for Listed Complementary Medicines The Evidence guidelines: Guidelines on the evidence required to support indications for listed complementary medicines specify the type of evidence required to support indications made for listed medicines (excluding sunscreens and disinfectants)…
'New Ingredient', Garcinia gummi-gutta Recently Added to ARTG Preparations containing the therapeutically active ingredient ‘Garcinia gummi-gutta’ (synonym: ‘Garcinia cambogia’) are to be included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods. The ingredient is to be obtained from the rind of…
TGA Safety Advisory Notices This month, a further six (6) products claiming to be “natural” or “herbal” have been tested by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and found to be adulterated with prescriptions medicines including diclofenac (a prescription only…
Advertisement From NZ's Largest Natural Health Retailer Misleading The Advertising Standards Authority has today upheld a complaint against Health 2000. The complaint, regarding therapeutic claims made in an email advert about "GO Healthy Vir-Defence", was made by the Society for Science Based Healthcare on the…
10th Industrial Workshop on Microencapsulation: Fundamentals State-of-the-Art Processing and Application Technologies (USA) Two day event to be held in Bloomington, Minnesota USA (30 Sept & 1 Oct, 2014). There will be product tastings, production tours, pilot plant demonstrations, speakers, short-courses and much, much more! Source: http://tinyurl.com/os8jmjz
DAFF Releases Latest Failing Foods Report for June 2014 This report details food that was found to fail under the Imported Food Inspection Scheme during the month. The Department of Agriculture targets and monitors food determined to pose a high or medium risk to public health. Risk food is targeted at…
FSANZ Proposals – Latest Notifications: Maximum Level for Tutin in Honey http://tinyurl.com/pkpvcyo Primary Production & Processing for Raw Milk Products http://tinyurl.com/mkq6vkd Code Revision (to improve legal efficacy) http://tinyurl.com/ovatdgf
Keep Supplements Clean Website Helps Consumers Stay Informed and Safe in USA The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the leading trade organization in the United States dedicated to herbs and botanical products, launched this website in 2011 as a service to consumers and the industry. The site monitors recall and…
TGA Issues Cancellations from the ARTG Following Compliance Review (July 2014) “Sooth and Comfort Dietary Supplement” (AUST L # 95546) sponsored by Newlite Enterprises Pty Ltd was cancelled on 11th July 2014. Full list of cancellations: http://tinyurl.com/pmexq5e
China is Redrafting its Regulatory Process for Dietary Supplements China is officially on its way to reforming its regulatory process for dietary supplements. As it stands today, dietary supplement companies, both foreign and domestic, must clear unwieldy—and often insurmountable—hurdles with China’s Food…
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