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Tuesday, 8 February 2005
Page: 217


Senator Allison asked the Minister representing the Minister for Health and Ageing, upon notice, on 16 November 2004:

(1)   Does the Government anticipate that sections of the draft Therapeutic Products Advertising Code (Draft 8A, June 2004) concerning internet advertising will be changed prior to endorsement by federal Australian and New Zealand governments and Australian state and territory governments; if so: (a) in what way will they be changed; (b) has the process of consultation commenced with other governments; and (c) can details be provided of any related meetings and correspondence.

(2)   Does the Government anticipate that the section of the draft Therapeutic Products Advertising Code (Draft 8A, June 2004) concerning unbranded advertisements will be changed prior to endorsement by federal Australian and New Zealand governments and Australian state and territory governments; if so: (a) why; (b) has the process of consultation commenced with other governments; and (c) can details be provided of any related meetings and correspondence.

(3)   In what way, if any, will the Therapeutic Products Advertising Code be affected by Annex 2-C of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement.

(4)   When is the new Therapeutic Products Advertising Code expected to be endorsed.


Senator Patterson (Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues) —The Minister for Health and Ageing has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1) (a)   A draft Australia New Zealand Therapeutic Products Advertising Code (the Code) has been proposed by the Interim Advertising Council (IAC) (the committee of the various stakeholder groups developing the Code) taking into consideration feedback from a series of public consultation meetings held in Australia and New Zealand during its development. The section of the Code concerning internet advertising has not changed substantially between Versions 8A and 11 (the final version submitted for consideration by the Australian and New Zealand Governments). (b) The Therapeutic Products Interim Ministerial Council (comprising the Australia and New Zealand Health Ministers) is yet to consider the Code recommended by the IAC. (c) Minutes of all of the IAC meetings and notes from the consultation meetings are available on the TGA website and the Joint Agency Project website.

(2) (a)   The section of the Code concerning unbranded advertising has not changed substantially between Versions 8A and 11. (b) see answer to (1)(b). (c) see answer to (1) (c).

(3)   The Code will not be affected by Annex 2-C of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement.

(4)   The final report of the IAC, including Version 11 (November 2004) of the Code, is likely to be considered by the Therapeutic Products Interim Ministerial Council in early 2005.