Tough and transparent: TGA set for overhaul

The changes were announced by the administration yesterday after more than 18 months of reviews into the regulatory body and amid widespread concerns that its policing lacks transparency, is too ineffectual and is too restricted in scope.

The reform document, TGA reforms: A blueprint for TGA’s future, said the body would now spend the next 12–18 months giving “priority to actively engaging with the community and providing improved information and education materials”.

The reforms would “ensure that the regulatory framework… remains able to adapt with flexibility to new scientific developments and emerging community expectations” and “enhance public trust in the safety and quality of therapeutic goods”, it said.

The TGA is to work with government and stakeholders to build a “more effective approach to sanctions and penalties” for breaches of advertising rules according