TGA Advertising Compliance Checklist

Nov 16, 2023

The document, “Advertising Compliance Self-Assessment Checklist: Consumer Advertising,” is a comprehensive guide designed by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to aid advertisers in ensuring their consumer advertisements comply with the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, the Therapeutic Goods Regulations 1990, and the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2021. Here’s a summarized overview for a web page blog:

  • Purpose: The checklist is a tool for advertisers to self-assess their consumer advertising for compliance with Australian therapeutic goods legislation and advertising codes.
  • Scope and Usage: It covers fundamental requirements of advertising therapeutic goods and aids in identifying relevant parts of the Code for specific advertisements. It’s important to note that using this checklist does not guarantee compliance or protection from compliance action, but it demonstrates an advertiser’s willingness to comply.
  • Content Overview:
    • Part 1: Determines if the product can be advertised to the public and if the Code applies to the advertisement.
    • Part 2: Assesses advertisement compliance with the Code, focusing on accuracy, substantiation of claims, consistency with product indications, and avoidance of misleading representations.
    • Part 3: Addresses specific aspects like testimonials, endorsements, offering samples, and the inclusion of mandatory statements and required information.
  • Guidance on Compliance: The checklist provides a series of questions that help advertisers assess various compliance aspects of their advertisements, with directives to amend the advertisement in case of non-compliance.
  • Additional Resources: References to the TGA’s published evidence guidelines and other resources are provided for detailed guidance.
  • Version and Updates: The current version (V2.0) was updated in October 2023, reflecting changes consistent with the 2021 Advertising Code.

This checklist is a crucial resource for advertisers in the health and therapeutic goods sector, ensuring their advertising strategies align with regulatory requirements and ethical standards.