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Wednesday, 25 June 1997
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Mrs MOYLAN (Minister for Family Services)(10.38 a.m.) —I take this opportunity to thank honourable members for the contribution that they have made to the debate, and also take the opportunity to answer a point that was made by the member for Curtin (Mr Rocher) in his speech when he referred to the TGA taking 255 days to retest products that already had been tested overseas. I inform the member that the TGA does not retest the products but rather examines the results of the overseas tests, and the data is accepted in the same format as that it is lodged in in Europe. While 255 days is allowed, the TGA is taking on average about 160 days, which is consistent with the times taken both in the UK and the USA. The recent review of the TGA undertaken by the government is addressing further improvements in this area.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

Bill—by leave—reported to the House without amendment.