TGA Consultation: Proposed clarification that certain sports supplements are therapeutic goods

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In Australia, food and medicines are regulated under separate legislated frameworks commensurate with their intended use and the potential risks they pose to public health and safety. Whether a product for oral consumption is a food or a medicine in law can depend on its specific combination of ingredients, claims and overall presentation.

Sports supplements often carry explicit or implied claims relating to sport, fitness or recreational performance that mean they are likely to be consumed for therapeutic use, yet some of them may be considered to be food under law. Yet it is appropriate that those sports supplements that are taken to be for therapeutic use are subject to the same national system of controls that are established for other therapeutic goods.

The TGA is seeking comments from interested parties on a proposed approach to resolve some of the uncertainty around the regulatory status of sports supplements, to ensure they are regulated appropriately to safeguard public health and safety.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is close of business, Tuesday 3 December 2019.

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About Dr Ken Harvey

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