This is a win! The Department of Health, TGA and the Health Minister’s Office have been trying to bypass the Senate Committee system on this Bill arguing that it was non-controversial! Which it is not!
Fortunately, Greens Senator Richard Di Natale responded to requests to get the Bill reviewed by the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee.
A public hearing was requested but rejected because of short time-frame encompassing Christmas & New Year. Regardless, concerned civil society actors are holding our own public hearing at the Australian National University, (building venue to be confirmed) on 24 Jan 2018, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. The media have been invited.
See invitations to:
- Adjunct Prof John Skerritt, Deputy Secretary for Health Products Regulation, Department of Health
- Professor Peter Howe, Chair, Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicines, Department of Health.
The Committee invites written submissions by 12 January 2018. For ideas see:
- Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 2017 – Notes by Allan Asher
- Concerns about the Exposure Draft of Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2017 Measures No. 1) Bill 2017 and related measure
See, talks to:
- Mordi Skeptics, “Update on advertising and complementary medicine reform“.
- Vic Skeptics, “Whack-a-mole” student work and an update on TGA regulatory reform“.
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