Prostheses List Advisory Committee (PLAC) Bulletin 16

Bulletin number 16, May 2014

Page last updated: 27 May 2014

Printable version of PLAC Bulletin 16 (PDF 379 KB)

Critical Dates for the February 2015 Prostheses List PLAC Meeting Dates

The scheduled dates for PLAC meetings for the second half of 2014 are:
  • Wednesday, 23 July 2014
  • Thursday, 21 August 2014
  • Wednesday, 17 September 2014
  • Thursday, 9 October 2014
  • Wednesday, 12 November 2014
  • Wednesday, 10 December 2014.

CAG Meeting Dates and Cut-Off for Applications

CAG
1st Meeting Date
Cut-Off Date
2nd Meeting Date
Cut-Off Date
Urogenital
15 August 201427 June 201424 October 20145 September 2104
Cardiac
30 August 201411 July 201418 October 201427 August 2014
Ophthalmic
8 September 201421 July 20143 November 201415 September 2014
Spinal
12 September 201425 July 201431 October 201412 September 2014
Knee
13 September 201425 July 201425 October 20145 September 2014
Specialist Orthopaedic
5 September 201421 July 201417 October 20141 September 2104
Hip
19 September 20141 August 201414 November 20143 October 2014
Vascular
22 September 20144 August 201310 November 201422 September 2014
Cardiothoracic
26 September 20148 August 201414 November 20143 October 2014
Sponsors are reminded that they can submit applications to list new prostheses and amend current listings at any time. Applications that are submitted on or before the “cut-off” dates have the best chance of being referred to the CAG meeting and processed for listing on the next Prostheses List.

Panel of Clinical Experts

Applications should be submitted at least 8 weeks before a PLAC meeting to have the best chance of being referred to that meeting. Please note that clinicians’ availability to assess applications is limited from the week before Christmas to the end of January.

Applications to list Prostheses in new groupings

All applications to list new prostheses are assessed by the CAGs or PoCE to advise the PLAC on listing and grouping on the Prostheses List.

An application to list a prosthesis in a new grouping or with a new suffix or combination of suffixes is also referred to the Health Economists Sub Committee (HESC) to validate the sponsor’s proposed benefit for the new grouping. These applications will take longer to process than applications to list prostheses in existing groupings as the HESC needs to consider the advice of the CAG or PoCE on comparative clinical effectiveness and outcomes. The HESC may also need to liaise further with the sponsor if there is insufficient information and evidence in the application to validate the proposed benefit.

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.