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Thursday, 17 May 1973
Page: 2357

Mr Mathews (CASEY, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Second ary Industry, upon notice:

(1)   What was the (a) quantity and (b) value of each form of contraceptive (i) produced by and (ii) imported into Australia in each of the last 5 years.

(2)   What progress has been made in the development of standards for locally made contraceptives since the answer given by the former Minister for Health on 16th May 1972 (Hansard, page 2641).

Mr Connor (CUNNINGHAM, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Minerals and Energy) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(i)   The Commonwealth Statistician has supplied the following information:

(i)   Details of the production of contraceptives are not recorded separately;

(ii)   The only forms of contraceptives for which imports are recorded separately are prophylactics, details of which are as follows:


(2)   The Director-General of Health has provided the following information:

Drafting of general standards for pharmaceutical products which include contraceptive preparations has reached an advanced stage. This matter will shortly be ' considered by the Therapeutic Goods Standards Committee and then the Therapeutic Goods Advisory Committee. Work on additional specific standards for microdose formulations is also under way.

It should be appreciated that although neither of our present official Standards Compendia, viz. the British Pharmacopoeia and the British Pharmaceutical Codex, contains standards to cover contraceptive combinations, these formulations are being subjected to comprehensive testing and analysis by the Department of Health.

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