Therapeutic Goods

Government Regulations:

Therapeutic Goods which are available only from a pharmacist or a medical or dental practitioner, including prescription only medicines, may not be advertised to the general public. Advertising for other therapeutic goods must comply with the provisions of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 and Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990 and the industry’s Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code (TGAC) which can be downloaded from

For further details on the TGAC refer to the section Industry Self Regulation, Therapeutic Goods. The TG Act is available on or at the COMLAW website

Industry Regulations:

The Therapeutic Goods Code (TGC) was developed in 2000 in cooperation with several industry bodies and the Therapeutic Goods Authority. The objective of the TGC is to ensure responsible advertising in promoting the sale of therapeutic goods which may be purchased by the public without prescription and for which therapeutic claims are made.

The TGC is managed jointly by the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) and the Complimentary Healthcare Council (CHC) under authorisation from the Australian Competition and Consumer Association (ACCC). For further information

phone (02) 6260 4022.

The ASMI pre-clears members’ and non-members’ ads under the Code. For further information, contact ASMI on

phone (02) 9955 7205