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Australia's TGA and Singapore's HSA sign a memorandum of intention of cooperation.



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TW 09/02 17th May 2002

AUSTRALIA'S TGA AND SINGAPORE'S HSA SIGN A MEMORANDUM OF INTENTION OF COOPERATION.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia and its counterpart in Singapore, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), have signed an agreement furthering cooperation between the two regulatory agencies, Parliamentary Secretary to the Australian Minister for Health and Ageing, Ms Trish Worth, announced today.

"The role of the TGA is to provide a national framework for the regulation of therapeutic goods in Australia and ensure their quality, safety and effectiveness," Ms Worth said.

"This agreement will ensure there are exchanges of information, training and scientific collaborations between the two countries. This will further consolidate the role and importance of Australia as a leading Regulator in the Region.

"The TGA has a well established regulatory system and its extensive expertise in the Region is acknowledged through the number of overseas health authorities that seek training from Australia. Such training opportunities are often made possible through fellowships provided by organisations such as the World Health Organisation," Ms Worth said.

"The Health Sciences Authority of Singapore has also taken a leading regulatory role in the South East Asia Region and sees value in strengthening its alliance with Australia through the Memorandum of Intention of Co-operation with the TGA."

Ms Worth said the TGA and HSA have been in discussions since November 2000 regarding further collaboration of regulation of medicines, biological products and medical devices.

"This Memorandum will further strengthen the existing Mutual Recognition Agreement on pharmaceutical manufacturing practices between Australia and Singapore signed in February 2001."

The signing ceremony took place in Singapore during the 9th international conference of the Global Harmonization Task Force which, this year, is chaired by Australia. Both Australia and Singapore are co-hosting the conference which seeks to bring about greater uniformity in regulating medical devices across the world.

Further information: Kay McNiece, TGA Media Unit 02 6289 5027

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