Strict controls on ingredients of complementary medicines in Australia

05 February 2015

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5 February 2015 - The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) today said that complementary medicines are highly regulated in Australia and Australian consumers can be confident that complementary medicine products contain the ingredients listed on the label.

Steve Scarff, ASMI Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, said: "The composition of complementary medicine products is regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and there are strict controls on the concentration of the active ingredients.

"Companies that market complementary medicines in Australia must comply with the TGA requirements.

"Ensuring that the label accurately displays the content of the complementary medicine is fundamental to the reputation of the industry. Every consumer has the right to expect that what is on the label is actually in the complementary medicine product.

"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 (