Joint Media Release
The Hon Sussan Ley MP
Minister for Health
Minister for Sport
The Hon Senator Fiona Nash
Assistant Minister for Health
The Hon Christian Porter MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister
25 June 2015
The first report from the independent review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation has been released and highlights the importance of cutting red tape and improving timely access to medicines and medical devices.
Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Christian Porter, all welcomed the report and thanked the independent expert panel for their time and effort.
Minister Ley said the review recognises the importance of maintaining the highest level of safety, quality and efficacy as well as improving access to therapeutic goods.
Minister Ley noted that this review demonstrates that the Abbott Government is committed to consulting to ensure it developed well-rounded health policy.
“The report makes recommendations to improve, and reduce red tape in, the regulatory frameworks for prescription medicines and medical devices,” Minister Ley said.
Minister Ley added: “It also, importantly, makes recommendations on how to simplify and streamline the approval processes for medicines and medical devices, ensuring Australians can access the latest treatments in a timely manner without compromising safety and quality.”
For example, the panel has recommended new pathways for expedited safe approval of promising new medicines or medical devices and simplified processes for managing variations to medicines in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
The landmark review is being led by Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, assisted by Mr Will Delaat AM and Professor John Horvath AO.
Minister Nash thanked the independent expert panel for their hard work and commitment and said the Government is working towards releasing a response towards the end of the year.
“Some of the recommendations of this review are significant in their scale and scope and the Government will carefully consider all the information available to us,” Minister Nash said.
“Reducing red tape where practical is a key aim of the Coalition Government.”
Mr Porter said the first report puts forward proposals that can significantly reduce the cost of red tape on businesses, organisations, and individuals.
“The Government is seeking to modernise the regulatory framework and improve access to medicines and medical devices,” Mr Porter said
“We look forward to the panel’s final report later this year which will include recommendations for complementary medicines.”
The first report of the Independent Review of Medicines and Medical Devices Regulation is available at the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s website.
For more information contact:
Minister Ley’s Office 02 6277 7220
Minister Nash’s Office 02 6277 7440
The Hon Christian Porter’s Office 02 6277 4275