Fish Oil products are highly regulated in Australia

22 January 2015

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22 January 2015 - The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) today said that fish oil products are highly regulated in Australia and Australian consumers can be confident that fish oil products contain the ingredients listed on the label.
This was in response to a New Zealand study, which evaluated the quality and content of fish oil supplements on sale in New Zealand, and found that many didn't contain quantities of fish oil that were equal or higher than the labelled content. 1
Steve Scarff, ASMI Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, said: It's important to note that this was a New Zealand, not an Australian study.

In fact, two recent studies of fish oil products available in Australia, one of them conducted by the CSIRO, actually found close agreement between the ingredients listed on the label of the products they tested and the actual composition of those products. 2,3

"The composition of fish oil products is regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and they are required to contain at least 90% of the declared label content.

"Companies that market fish oil products in Australia must comply with the TGA requirements.

"The Australian regulations for complementary medicines are some of the toughest in the world and the TGA undertakes routine testing to monitor compliance," he added.

Media contact: Marie Kelly-Davies - ASMI PR Manager
Ph: 02 9923 9410 | M: 0408 256 381 | Email:

About ASMI: The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) is the peak body representing sponsors of non-prescription medicines - over-the-counter (OTC) and complementary medicines (CM). ASMI members make up 85 per cent of the $4bn Non-Prescription Medicines market. Membership totals 50 companies and ASMI members employ approximately 18,000 people with exports estimated at $1.2 billion annually. ASMI's mission is to advance consumer health through responsible self-care. This means driving a viable and responsible industry and empowering the consumer with evidence-based products and information with the aim of improving health and wellbeing. To find out more about ASMI or how to become an ASMI member, please visit (

1. Albert, B et al. Fish oil supplements in New Zealand are highly oxidized and do not meet label content of n-3 PUFA. Scientific Reports, 6/1/15.
2. Hamilton, K. et al. Evaluation of the composition of omega-3 fatty acids in dietary oil supplements. Nutrition and Dietetics, 67: 182-189. 2010.
3. Nichols, P. et al. Readily available sources of long-chain omega-3 oils: Is Farmed Australian Seafood a better source of the good oil than wild-caught seafood. Nutrients, 6, 1063-1079. 2014.