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Examples of therapeutic goods include:
- medicines (such as prescription, over the counter and complementary medicines)
- medical devices (such as medical gloves, bandages, syringes, blood pressure monitors, and X-ray equipment)
- biologicals (such as human cell- and tissue-derived products)
- blood and blood products
- sterilants and disinfectants
- tampons and menstrual cups.
Learn more about what and how the TGA regulates on the TGA website.
Vision and mission
The TGA’s vision is better health and wellbeing for all Australians through regulatory excellence.
They protect the health and safety of the community by regulating therapeutic goods.
How can the Therapeutic Goods Administration help?
The TGA assesses therapeutic goods to help ensure they are safe and effective before approving them for use in Australia. The TGA has a risk-based approach, which means higher-risk therapeutic goods undergo more extensive assessment than lower-risk therapeutic goods. Products that the TGA has approved for use are included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
The TGA also monitors the ongoing risks and benefits of therapeutic goods once approved for use and is able to take action if the benefits are not realised or additional risks become apparent. Possible regulatory actions vary from continued monitoring to withdrawing a product from the Australian market.
Information / help lines
- Contact the TGA
- Report a medicine or vaccine side effect, or a problem with a medical device (adverse event)
- Report perceived breaches or questionable practices, including counterfeit (fake) medicines or medical devices
- Report non-compliant advertisement
- Report an issue with a medicine’s packaging or storage
Programs, apps and tools
- Search the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods
- Search for Product Information (PI) and Consumer Medicines Information (CMI)