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Food and medicine regulation

(August 2014)

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has information on its website to help importers, manufacturers and suppliers determine whether their products are food or therapeutic goods. 

Manufacturers, importers and suppliers of products need to know whether products are regulated as medicines or as food because different regulatory requirements apply. An interactive Food-Medicine Interface Guidance Tool is available on the TGA website to help work out whether a product is a food or therapeutic good.​

Consumers may also want to check if the products they are using or buying are medicines, and therefore regulated by the TGA and subject to requirements in the therapeutic goods legislation, or food, which is regulated by state and territory food regulatory bodies and subject to requirements in the Food Standards Code.

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