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Therapeutic Goods Amendment (2020 Measures No. 1) Bill 2020

Originating house
House of Representatives


Amends the: Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 to: align certain device-related definitions with the equivalent definition in the European Union; enable the secretary to provide early scientific advice to a sponsor about the safety, quality or efficacy of a registrable medicine; enable a clinical trial sponsor to request variations to approved clinical trials; introduce a new preliminary assessment procedure for applications for new ingredients for listed and assessed listed medicines; remove a limitation on the circumstances in which medical practitioners may be authorised to supply specified unapproved therapeutic goods to their patients; remove certain offences for persons claiming to be able to arrange supply of therapeutic goods; impose a condition of registration or listing of therapeutic goods; specify the circumstances in which a sponsor may apply for the provisional registration of a medicine, without having to first obtain a provisional determination; introduce a data protection regime for assessed listed medicines; and make minor amendments and corrections; and Patents Act 1990 to remove a reference to therapeutic devices.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 04/03/20  
Second reading moved 04/03/20  
Second reading debate 14/05/20  
Second reading debate 17/06/20  
Second reading agreed to 17/06/20  
Third reading agreed to 17/06/20  
Introduced and read a first time 17/06/20  
Second reading moved 17/06/20  
Second reading debate 18/06/20  
Second reading agreed to 18/06/20  
Third reading agreed to 18/06/20  
Finally passed both Houses 18/06/20  
Assent 25/06/20 Act no: 75 - Year: 2020

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Considered by scrutiny committee (02/04/2020): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 6 of 2020
  • An electronic version of this Act is available on the Federal Register of Legislation (