Community Health Reform

Therapeutic Goods Advertising Changes

The TGA is reminding advertisers that the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2018 (the 2018 Code) takes effect on 1 January 2019. In the lead up to this change, the TGA has provided important information on what you need to know.

The following information has been provided by the TGA:

 

Advertising pre-approvals and the new code

We advise advertisers that the date on which an application for pre-approval is decided will determine the version of the code that the advertising must comply with.

Advertisements for medicines that are to appear in specified media require pre-approval under Regulation 5G of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990. The requirement for pre-approval will continue until 1 July 2020.

If you intend to lodge an application for advertising pre-approval between now and 31 December 2018, you should keep this in mind and allow time for revisions if necessary.

If you are in doubt about the application of the 2018 Code to your advertising, please contact us at tga.advertising@tga.gov.au.

Application decided Assessed against
On or after 1 January 2019

(This includes decisions on applications for minor variations to advertisements that were approved before 1 January 2019.)

2018 Code
On or before 31 December 2018 2015 Code

For pre-approval applications lodged prior to 1 January 2019 but decided on or after 1 January 2019, the decision will be made based on whether the advertisement complies with the 2018 Code.

Education activities

In addition to finalising a further two elearning modules, we are preparing a number of face to face and webinar information sessions over the next few months to educate advertisers on the 2018 Code and the advertising complaints handling framework. We are working with key industry bodies to deliver some of these activities.

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Advertising complaints handling framework

We have published information about the framework under which we receive and process advertising complaints. See – Complaints handling for the advertising of therapeutic goods to the Australian public.

Assessment of complaints

For complaints about pre-approved advertisements, compliance will be assessed against the version of the Code under which the advertisement was approved.

For all other advertisements, the version of the Code applied will depend on the date/s on which the advertisement aired or was published:

Advertising occurred Assessed against
On or after 1 January 2019 2018 Code
Before 1 January 2019 and is no longer occurring 2015 Code
Before 1 January 2019 and is still occurring 2018 Code
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