Stoma Appliance Scheme for suppliers

The Stoma Appliance Scheme subsidises stoma products so that they are free to ostomates through stoma associations. We list approved products on our schedule following an assessment. Find out how and when to apply to get your product on the schedule, and how to price your product.

Getting your product on the schedule

Twice a year, the Stoma Product Assessment Panel assesses stoma products and recommends whether to add them to the Stoma Appliance Scheme Schedule.

The Australian Government then makes the final decision.

To apply, your company must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • guarantee supply of the product.

Your product must:

  • be registered on the Therapeutic Good Administration’s Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods
  • meet a clinical need
  • be either equivalent to or better than products already on the schedule
  • be ready to be supplied, if approved.

Stoma Appliance Scheme application and assessment guidelines

These guidelines are for stoma appliance and product suppliers. They explain how to get a product listed on the Stoma Appliance Scheme Schedule.

Submission dates

You can send your application to the Stoma Product Assessment Panel’s secretariat any time. The panel will assess applications twice a year, when it meets.

Applications close about 2 months before the meeting date, to ensure adequate processing time.

Applying

To apply, select which category is right for your product, then complete our application form for either groups 1 to 7 or groups 8 to 11. Include all the relevant information, such as:

  • product name, description, and image
  • the appropriate subgroup for the product
  • quantity per pack
  • details of the product’s Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods certificate
  • clinical information, such as patient needs and benefits over other products
  • evidence of clinical efficacy
  • details about adverse events
  • research papers, if relevant
  • pricing information
  • predicted use.    

Once completed, mail us:

  • 2 copies of your completed and signed form
  • 4 samples of your product.

Then email us an electronic version of your application, including:

  • the completed and signed application form
  • a photo of your product.

We will then process it for review by the Stoma Product Assessment Panel.

Read more about the application process in our guidelines.

Product pricing

The assessment panel advises us on appropriate pricing, after assessing the product’s impact on quality of life or survival when compared with a benchmark product.

We then set the price of each product based on this advice and negotiations with suppliers. We aim to achieve value for money.

Category groups

The schedule categorises like-products into 11 groups, and then further classifies them into 38 subgroups according to their distinct features.

Groups 1 to 7 – benchmark listings

This category is for products that are similar to existing products, and we will set a comparable price.

Groups 8 to 11 – premium listings

This category is for:

  • new technology
  • products that meet a previously unmet clinical need
  • products that meet health needs better than benchmark products.

Group summary 

Group number

Main group

Subgroup

1

1-piece closed

  1. Stoma caps
  2. Flat baseplate
  3. Convex baseplate

2

1-piece drainable

  1. Flat baseplate
  2. Convex baseplate

3

1-piece urostomy

  1. Flat baseplate
  2. Convex baseplate

4

2-piece baseplate

  1. Mechanical coupling – flat
  2. Mechanical coupling – extended wear
  3. Mechanical coupling – convex
  4. Adhesive coupling – flat
  5. Adhesive coupling – extended wear
  6.  Adhesive coupling – convex

5

2-piece closed

  1. Mechanical coupling
  2. Adhesive coupling

6

2-piece drainable

  1. Mechanical coupling
  2. Adhesive coupling

7

2-piece urostomy

  1. Mechanical coupling
  2. Adhesive coupling

8

Alternative systems

  1. Plug systems
  2. Irrigation
  3. Catheters
  4. Rubber appliances

9

Accessories

  1. Adhesive barrier
  2. Belts
  3. Clamps and clips
  4. Cleansers and solvents
  5. Convexity inserts
  6. Creams and ointments
  7. Deodorants
  8. Hernia support belts and garments
  9. Night drainage
  10. Powders and pastes
  11. Protective films
  12. Seals
  13. Miscellaneous

10

Paediatric

All

11

Fistulae

All

Changing or removing products from the schedule

Suppliers can apply to:

Giving 6 months’ notice before removing the product enables:

  • associations to manage their stock
  • ostomates to find another suitable product.

We will remove a product from the Stoma Appliance Scheme Schedule if:

  • it is unused under the scheme for 2 years
  • the Australian Government agrees to a panel recommendation to delete the product – this could follow an application from the supplier or be a panel decision based on other information.

Resources

Stoma Appliance Scheme resources for suppliers

This collection is for suppliers of stoma-related products. It lists the resources they need to list or remove a product on the Stoma Appliance Scheme Schedule, or amend an existing listing.

Contact

Stoma Appliance Scheme and the Stoma Product Assessment Panel contact

Contact us for more information about the Stoma Appliance Scheme or the Stoma Product Assessment Panel, or to apply for the panel to assess one of your products for the Stoma Appliance Scheme Schedule.

stoma [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
3 February 2021

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