Terms of Reference

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport will inquire into the approval processes for new drugs and novel medical technologies in Australia, with a particular focus on those for the treatment of rare diseases and conditions where there is high and unmet clinical need.

This inquiry will consider the following topics so that Australia continues to be well positioned to access new drugs and novel medical technologies in a timely manner and respond to emerging global trends:

  1. The range of new drugs and emerging novel medical technologies in development in Australia and globally, including areas of innovation where there is an interface between drugs and novel therapies;
  2. Incentives to research, develop and commercialise new drugs and novel medical technologies for conditions where there is an unmet need, in particular orphan, personalised drugs and off-patent that could be repurposed and used to treat new conditions;
  3. Measures that could make Australia a more attractive location for clinical trials for new drugs and novel medical technologies; and
  4. Without compromising the assessment of safety, quality, efficacy or cost-effectiveness, whether the approval process for new drugs and novel medical technologies, could be made more efficient, including through greater use of international approval processes, greater alignment of registration and reimbursement processes or post market assessment.
 

Committee Secretariat contact:

PO Box 6021
Parliament House
CANBERRA
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4145
Fax: 02 6277 4427
Health.Reps@aph.gov.au

About this inquiry

Following a referral on 13 August 2020 from the Minister for Health, The Hon Greg Hunt MP, the Committee will inquire into and report on approval processes for new drugs and novel medical technologies in Australia.

Track Inquiry

Past Public Hearings

03 Sep 2020: Canberra

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Inquiry Status

Accepting Submissions

How to make a submission

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions)

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