How healthy are your health supplements?
Do you trust that products bought over the counter or online have been manufactured safely? That they contain the ingredients stated on the label, that those ingredients are safe, in the right quantities and recommended at the right dosage?
When you buy Australian-made vitamins and health supplements, you can be guaranteed of these things.
Australian-Made complementary medicines are regulated by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), the same authority responsible for Australian pharmaceutical and prescription medicines, in a scheme recognised as a ‘world’s best practice framework for regulating complementary medicines’ (www.TGA.gov.au/newsroom/btn-cm-framework.htm).
Although many countries regulate their production of complementary health products, some do not. In various countries, regulation is left to either industry bodies or the manufacturers themselves.
In the USA for example, the FDA only regulates products claiming to treat, cure or prevent a disease, ruling out many complementary medicines, which are instead sold as ‘dietary supplements.’
In Australia, it’s illegal to sell such a product without TGA approval. All complementary medicines produced in Australia for local and overseas sale must be registered or listed with the TGA prior to marketing.
‘Registered’ products are deemed to be of higher risk, while ‘listed’ products contained pre-approved low-risk ingredients. The majority of alternative and complementary medicines fall into the listed category.
Under the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, listed products can only be sold by a licensed manufacturer and must comply with international Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). In addition, listed products may only include ingredients evaluated by the TGA as ‘low risk’ having been assessed for toxicity, dosage, indication and side effects. There are also restrictions to claims and labelling as well as random and targeted post-market compliance reviews for both listed and registered complementary health products.
The use of complementary and alternative medicines is increasingly popular, and the sheer volume of products on the market is staggering. The internet has brought many of these products closer to all of us, and we need to exercise caution when buying to ensure that the health products we buy truly are healthy. When you buy Australian made products, you can trust that this is always the case.
To be sure – always look for the green and gold kangaroo; the Australian Made symbol you know you can trust.
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