TGA


To manufacture and sell a medical device in Australia, you must hold certification from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Depending on the risk level of the device you manufacture, requirements can vary significantly. Read on to learn key information for device manufacturers.  Is it a medical device? There’s no better way to start than reviewing the medical device definition to justify and confirm whether your product is in fact a medical device. The definition below is taken from the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (41BD). A medical device is: a. any instrument, apparatus,......

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Workshop - Key Topic Information

REALISE. COMMERCIALISE. OPTIMISE. PATHWAYS TO ACHIEVING MEDICAL DEVICE COMMERCIAL SUCCESS. COMMERCIALISE “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” Benjamin Franklin This workshop will help you: Avoid commercial failure by understanding critical drivers for success Plan an effective pre and post commercialisation strategy Plan and prioritise your regulatory submission Hit the ground running to commercialise your device. Full day workshop, catering provided. Cost: $395 (GST inclusive). Dates and locations are listed below. BRISBANE: Thursday 1st August 2013, Ashurst, Level 38, Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle Street MELBOURNE: Tuesday 6th August 2013, Ashurst,......

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Do your device materials comply with the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2007? Don’t get caught out!

Medical devices and IVDs are almost always supplied with labelling, instructions for use and packaging – which often includes a web address and other marketing materials. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (the TGA) define all of these to be advertisements in relation to therapeutic goods. Whilst we all busily ensure our materials comply with the Therapeutic Goods (Medical Device) Regulations, we often forget they must also meet the requirements of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2007 also. For device and IVD manufacturers, not complying with the code can result in review from the......

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Regulatory Requirements: A Simple Guide for Australian Medical Device Distributors

So you’ve found a new medical device that is just what Australia needs? Follow these steps to better understand the regulatory requirements for selling medical devices in Australia. Before we start, remember KD&A can assist you with all of the actions listed below, visit our Product Registration page for more information.  FIRST THINGS FIRST Ensure the device manufacturer will work with you to obtain Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Australian Register for Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) inclusions (which allows you to put the device on the market. We recommend you get this in writing.......

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TGA Release Proposal Paper: Are Tighter Controls and Alternative Options for Conformity Assessment Ahead?

The TGA have released a proposal paper introducing changes which could shake things up for Australian and overseas medical and IVD device manufacturers. The paper explores changes which could affect all companies entering the Australian market, particularly new medical devices which are higher risk (IIb, III and AIMD). In an attempt to improve control of devices and improve transparency, the following has been proposed. Mandatory Application Audits (MAA) changes. The potential overhaul includes two key actions; Expanding the list of devices requiring MAA which falls in line with recent changes to the......

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The Mutual Recognition Agreement between Australia and the European Union (EU), the EC MRA, facilitates medical device sponsors (entities or individuals who place medical devices on the market in Australia) to use CE Marking certificates as evidence of conformity to Australian regulatory requirements for some medical devices. Since being signed in 1998, the Agreement has provided a much shorter path to market in Australia for most CE Marked medical devices. However, the EC MRA has recently undergone changes which restrict previously covered devices. Changes came into affect on January 1 2013 and......

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Early Warning Mechanisms for Australia and New Zealand

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and Medsafe, the Australian and New Zealand regulatory authorities for medical devices (and medicines) are in the process of developing an early warning system for adverse event and recall situations. The system is one of many projects being worked on as part of the creation of one regulatory agency, the Australian New Zealand Therapeutic Products Agency (ANZTPA)....

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Hip, Knee and Shoulder Joint Reclassification – TGA Announce Regulation Changes

From July 1 2012, hip, knee and shoulder joint implants will be classified as Class III medical devices according to the Therapeutic Goods (Medical Device) Regulations 2002. The change comes after the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) consultation paper, Reforms in Medical Devices Regulatory Framework, was released in late 2010. Australia is not the only country to make such changes, a number of overseas countries have reclassified these products in an aim to improve safety and quality for patients....

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International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) Progresses

At a meeting held in Singapore the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF) (initiated to carry out a similar role to the now disbanded Global Harmonisation Task Force (GHTF)) a number of progressions were made. The Forum includes international medical device regulators from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and the USA and has an aim to strategically accelerate international medical device regulatory convergence. It is hoped that this will provide medical device manufacturers with a more efficient path to certification worldwide. As indicated above, the Forum has fundamentally similar objectives to the......

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