What is a therapeutic?

A therapeutic product is used to prevent, diagnose or treat a disease or its symptoms, or affect the structure or functions of the human body.


If your product is for therapeutic use, read the TGA's regulation basics for more information.

Examples of therapeutics

  • Primary sunscreens (products that are primarily used for protection from UV radiation) are regulated as therapeutics
  • Moisturisers that contain a sun-screening agent as a secondary component and have a stated therapeutic purpose ('helps protect skin from the damaging effects of UV radiation') are regulated as medicines
  • Skin-whitening lotions that inhibit the physiological process of melanin production are regulated as medicines. For example, products that contain the chemical hydroquinone
  • Tablets can have side effects or interact in unwanted ways with other prescriptions, and are regulated as medicines.