In Australia, vitamins, minerals, aromatherapy products and herbal substances are called ‘complementary medicines.’ These products are also known as ‘dietary supplements’ or ‘functional foods’ in other countries.

Complementary medicines must be ‘listed’ on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (the ARTG) by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (the TGA) before they can be legally supplied in Australia. These medicines are therefore known as ‘listed medicines’.

Before a medicine can be listed on the ARTG, they must:

  • be eligible for listing
  • only include ingredients that are in the Therapeutic Goods (Permissible Ingredients) Determination
  • not make claims for the treatment of a disease, condition, ailment or defect specified in Appendix 6 of the Advertising Code
  • comply with manufacturing requirements
  • conform to every applicable standard.

We have links helpful information about what all of that means below.

Of course, you need to hold evidence to demonstrate that you’ve complied with all of these requirements. Importantly – at all times, you must hold evidence to support any claims that your product makes. Your compliance with this requirement can be checked by the TGA at any time.

Follow the links below to learn what each of these requirements actually means.

Eligibility for listing – what does that mean?

What is the Therapeutic Goods (Permissible Ingredients) Determination?

What do I need to know about the Advertising Code?

Where can medicines be manufactured?

Which standards do I need to comply with?