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 parts of the anatomy

You can find a definition of 'therapeutic goods' in Section 3 of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989(link is external).

The TGA is responsible for evaluating, assessing and monitoring products that are defined as therapeutic goods.