You may be required to comply with this code if you intend to label non-prescription medicines. You have obligations to label medicines according to the requirements prescribed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and compliance with this code should achieve this aim.
The code requires that label parts are described from a consumer's perspective, and that the parts are:
- Named to reflect what consumers do with them;
- Shown in the order in which research suggests they are likely to be used;
- Ordered independently of the regulatory requirements for what has to appear on the front/back of labels; and
- Important at the time of purchase and through the life of the product.
Please note that the Agency has advised that there are various codes for medicines, medical devices and chemicals which are amended on a regular basis.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required by your business.
Code of Practice
A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.
Labelling Code of Practice: Designing Usable Non-Prescription Medicine Labels for Consumers - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on obtaining this document.
Department of Health
Therapeutic Goods Administration
Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (Australian Government)
Therapeutic Goods Order No. 69 - General Requirements for Labels for Medicines 2001 (Australian Government)
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