Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) Bulletin 15

Bulletin number 15, December 2013

Page last updated: 05 December 2013

Printable version of PLAC Bulletin 15 (PDF 392 KB)

August 2014 Prostheses List - Cut-Off Dates for Clinical Assessment of Application to List New Products and Changes to Current Billing Codes

The following information has been provided to assist sponsors in preparing applications for the August 2014 Prostheses List.

Clinical Advisory Group (CAG) applications

The table below shows the meeting dates for the CAGs and the dates by which complete and valid applications should be received to have the best possible chance to be assessed at that meeting.
Clinical Advisory Groups
1st Meeting Date
Cut-Off for 1st Meeting
2nd Meeting Date
Cut-Off for 2nd Meeting
Urogenital
28 Feb 2014
10 Jan 2014
4 Apr 2014
14 Feb 2014
Cardiac
1 Mar 2014
17 Jan 2014
2 May 2014
14 Mar 2014
Vascular
10 Feb 2014
23 Dec 2013
2 Jun 2014
14 Apr 2014
Knees
29 Mar 2014
7 Feb 2014
17 May 2014
28 Mar 2014
Spinal
7 Mar 2014
17 Jan 2014
16 May 2014
28 Mar 2014
Ophthalmic
7 Apr 2014
17 Feb 2014
23 Jun 2014
5 May 2014
Cardiothoracic
21 Mar 2014
31 Jan 2014
30 May 2014
11 Apr 2014
Hip
21 Mar 2014
31 Jan 2014
9 May 2014
21 Mar 2014
Specialist Orthopaedic
21 Feb 2014
3 Jan 2014
2 May 2014
14 Mar 2014

Panel of Clinical Experts (PoCE) applications

Ear, Nose & ThroatGeneral/Miscellaneous
NeurosurgicalPlastic & Reconstructive
Complete and valid applications to list new products and to amend current billing codes for assessment by the PoCE should be received at least eight weeks prior to a PLAC meeting.
This is to ensure the applications have the best possible chance of being assessed by the PoCE and the assessment then referred to the PLAC.

PLAC 2014 Meeting Dates

13 February – Thursday
13 March – Thursday
10 April – Thursday
14 May – Wednesday
19 June – Thursday
23 July – Wednesday
21 August – Thursday
17 September – Wednesday
16 October – Thursday
12 November – Wednesday
11 December – Thursday

Please note:
  • Applications to list new products and to amend listing details can be submitted at any time. It is recommended that you submit your application as soon as it is completed rather than waiting for a ‘cut-off’ date.
  • The meeting dates above are correct at the time of circulation of this Bulletin.
  • Meeting dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the CAG secretariats. If a meeting date changes, particularly if it is brought forward, the CAG secretariat will email sponsors to inform them about revised cut-off dates for applications.
  • The ‘cut-off’ dates for CAG applications allow time for them to be registered, entered into the database, sent out for clinician assessment, assessments recorded and included in the meeting agenda papers.
  • While every effort will be made to process applications submitted for listing on the August 2014 Prostheses List, there may be circumstances where this cannot happen (eg further information required, ARTG inclusion not finalised, etc).
  • If a sponsor has any queries about completing or submitting an application to list a new product or to change an existing billing code, the CAG/PoCE secretariats are happy to assist. Please call the Prostheses hotline on (02) 6289 9463 or email the Prostheses secretariat

Structural Changes - Department of Health

You may be aware that there have been some structural changes within the Department of Health. In addition to those already made, there will be more to come.

When all of these changes have settled in the new year, an email will be sent out advising the new structure, roles and responsibilities.

In the meantime, should you need to contact the CAG/PoCE secretariat, please call the Prostheses hotline on (02) 6289 9463 or email the Prostheses secretariat. Queries coming through these channels will be passed on to the relevant secretariat, and responded to accordingly.