New rules for non-prescription labels

New rules for labels on non-prescription medications come in at the end of August.

They follow the TGA’s four-year review of labelling, which has also led to tighter requirements for prescriptions medication.

The rules will apply vitamin and minerals supplements, as well as OTC medicines.

The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) has welcomed the changes, which call for more prominence to be given to active ingredients.

ASMI CEO Deon Schoombie said the reforms were “sensible” and an improvement on those previously touted, which he claimed would have “significantly impaired consumers’ ability to recognise and select well-known non-prescription medicines”.

Mr Schoombie said the new requirements will not change the overall appearance of well-known products.

However, “it is possible that some