How are homeopathic medicines regulated?

Complementary medicines (also known as ‘traditional’ or ‘alternative’ medicines) include vitamin, mineral, herbal, aromatherapy and homoeopathic products. Complementary medicines may be either listed or registered, depending on their ingredients and the claims made.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is Australia’s regulatory authority for therapeutic goods. They carry out a range of assessment and monitoring activities to ensure therapeutic goods available in Australia are of an acceptable standard with the aim of ensuring that the Australian community has access, within a reasonable time, to therapeutic advances.

Schedule 5 of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations exempts certain goods from the requirement that they must be placed on the ARTG. It refers to homoeopathic products as follows:
a. homoeopathic preparations more dilute than a one thousand fold dilution of a mother tincture and which are not required to be sterile; and which do not include an ingredient of:
i. human origin; or
ii. animal origin, if the ingredient consists of, or is derived from, any of the following parts of cattle, sheep, goats or mule deer (detailed list follows in the regulations).

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