What are 'therapeutic goods'?

Modified on Thu, 15 Nov 2018 at 11:47 AM

In relation to the evaluation, assessment and monitoring done by the TGA, therapeutic goods are broadly defined as products for use in humans in connection with:

  • preventing, diagnosing, curing or alleviating a disease, ailment, defect or injury
  • influencing inhibiting or modifying a physiological process
  • testing the susceptibility of persons to a disease or ailment
  • influencing, controlling or preventing conception
  • testing for pregnancy

This includes things that are:

  • used as an ingredient or component in the manufacture of therapeutic goods
  • used to replace or modify of parts of the anatomy

A more precise definition of 'therapeutic goods' can be found in Section 3 of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989.


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