Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017

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House of Representatives
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Introduced with the Therapeutic Goods (Charges) Amendment Bill 2017, the bill amends the: Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to: introduce a new approval pathway for prescription medicines by creating a class of therapeutic good to be known as ‘provisionally registered goods’; allow the minister to specify, by legislative instrument, permitted indications for use with listed medicines; establish an additional pathway for intermediate risk medicines through a new application and assessment process for sponsors of listed complementary medicines seeking to use indications that fall outside the permitted indications list; strengthen monitoring powers in relation to biologicals; implement stronger compliance and enforcement powers and graduated penalties for non-compliant behaviours; remove the distinctions between advertisements for therapeutic goods for which an approval is, or is not, required; enable the secretary to utilise the work of comparable overseas regulators in the course of making assessments of medical devices; enable the secretary to publish information in relation to Australian conformity assessment bodies; align the secretary’s powers relating to conformity assessment certificates issued by Australian conformity assessment bodies and conformity assessment certificates issued by the secretary; clarify that the secretary has the power to refuse an application for including medicines, biologicals and medical devices in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods prior to evaluating the application if it does not meet the application requirements; and make minor amendments to achieve consistency of regulatory requirements between different types of therapeutic goods and make other minor changes; and Broadcasting Services Act 1992 to make consequential amendments.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 14 Sep 2017
Second reading moved 14 Sep 2017
Second reading debate 25 Oct 2017
Referred to Federation Chamber 25 Oct 2017
Second reading debate 04 Dec 2017
Second reading agreed to 04 Dec 2017
Reported from Federation Chamber 04 Dec 2017
Third reading agreed to 04 Dec 2017
Introduced and read a first time 04 Dec 2017
Second reading moved 04 Dec 2017
Second reading debate 05 Feb 2018
Second reading debate 15 Feb 2018
Second reading agreed to 15 Feb 2018
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 1 Government agreed to
15 Feb 2018
Third reading agreed to 15 Feb 2018
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendment
15 Feb 2018
Finally passed both Houses 15 Feb 2018
  • Act no: 7
  • Year: 2018
05 Mar 2018

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments


Schedules of amendments

Bills digest


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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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