Complementary medicines refer to therapeutic products that include vitamins, minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, and other natural health products. They are used alongside conventional medicine to complement overall health and well-being.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) regulates complementary medicines in Australia. The TGA assesses these products’ safety, quality, and efficacy before they can be legally sold. Products must be listed or registered on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) to be available in the market.

The TGA monitors the safety of complementary medicines in Australia. Before a product is approved for sale, it undergoes a thorough assessment to ensure it meets stringent safety standards. Adverse events and product complaints are monitored post-market to address safety concerns.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before using complementary medicines alongside prescription medications. Interactions between the two can occur, and professional advice ensures safe and effective integration.

Regulated complementary medicines can be identified by checking if they are listed or registered on the ARTG. Products with an ARTG number on the label have undergone TGA assessment and are considered safe and effective.

The evidence required for complementary medicines varies, but many undergo clinical trials to demonstrate safety and efficacy. The TGA assesses this evidence as part of the registration or listing process.

The TGA regulates the advertising of complementary medicines to ensure claims are accurate and not misleading. However, consumers should critically evaluate product claims and seek professional advice when uncertain.

Imported complementary medicines must comply with Australian regulations. It’s advisable to check the TGA’s guidelines on importing therapeutic goods and, if in doubt, seek advice from the TGA.