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Thursday, 25 March 1999
Page: 4495

Dr WOOLDRIDGE (Health and Aged Care) (10:52 AM) —in reply—I would like to thank honourable members for their cooperation with this legislation, the Therapeutic Goods Legislation Amendment Bill 1999 . Reform of complementary medicine regulation has involved considerable negotiation and hard work on the part of many groups and many individuals. I would like to particularly pay tribute to the Complementary Health Care Council and the Proprietary Medicines Association of Australia for their commitment and contribution to this ongoing reform process.

You may be interested to learn that since this reform process commenced back in December much has been achieved: the commencement of the review of the therapeutic goods advertising code; the appointment of a director of the Office of Complementary Medicines; a review of the Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee; preliminary work on the establishment of the Complementary Health Care Consultative Committee; discussions initiated with industry on post-market vigilance; extensive work on the redevelopment of the electronic lodgment facility; development of new arrangements to enhance the listing of complementary medicines on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods; and the preparation of targeted information, including website development, to help explain what these reforms mean and how they will enhance the health choices of Australians. These reforms have been a long time in coming. With your help I believe that we are striking the right balance between the needs of industry and the interests of consumers.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mrs Gash) —If no member wishes to consider the bill in detail, I will put the report question forthwith. The question is that this bill be reported to the House without amendment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.