Four things to know about new label rules

The TGA has beefed up requirements for medicine labels, in a bid to improve patient safety.

It’s some time since labelling requirements were last revised, and the new rules will give consumers more information about substances in their medication, such as allergens, the TGA says.

They come into effect from September, but companies have until September 2020 to make a full transition.

Under the new rules labels will need to include:

  • Prominent placement of active ingredients;
  • A “critical health information” panel on most over-the-counter medication;
  • Soy, crustacean, tree nut and other substances with the potential to cause an allergic reaction must be listed on non-prescription medicines; and
  • Prescription medicines need a designated space for a dispensing label.