The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is Australia's regulatory authority for therapeutic goods.
The TGA is responsible for ensuring that therapeutic goods available for supply in Australia are safe and fit for their intended purpose. These include goods Australians rely on every day, such as vitamin tablets and sunscreens, through to goods used to treat serious conditions, such as prescription medicines, vaccines, blood products and surgical implants.
The TGA regulates the supply of:
- medicines prescribed by a doctor or dentist
- medicines available from behind the pharmacy counter
- medicines available in the general pharmacy
- medicines available from supermarkets
- complementary medicines, these include vitamins, herbal and traditional medicines
- medical devices, from simple devices like bandages to complex technologies like heart pacemakers
- products used to test for various diseases or conditions (in vitro diagnostic devices), such as blood tests; and vaccines, blood products, and other biologics and the manufacturing and advertising of these products.