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COMMUNITY AFFAIRS REFERENCES COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Xenophon amended business of the Senate notice of motion no. 2 by leave and, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved—That the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 12 October 2011:

The regulatory standards for the approval of medical devices in Australia, with particular attention to devices with high revision rates, and in undertaking the inquiry the committee consider:

 (a) the role of the Therapeutic Goods Administration in regulating the quality of devices available in Australia;

 (b) the cost effectiveness of subsidised devices;

 (c) the effectiveness and accuracy of the billing code and prostheses list;

 (d) the processes in place to ensure that approved products continue to meet Australian standards;

 (e) the safety standards and approval processes for devices that are remanufactured for multiple use;

 (f) the processes in place to notify the relevant authorities and the general public of high revision rates or possible faulty devices;

 (g) the effectiveness of the current regimes in place to ensure prostheses with high revision rates are identified and the action taken once these devices are identified;

 (h) the effectiveness of the implemented recommendations of the Health Technology Assessment; and

 (i) any other related matter.

Statement by leave: Senator Xenophon, by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.