ADIA asks minister to address issues with TGA

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ADIA-new-health-ministersThe Australian Dental Industry Association [ADIA], which represents manufacturers and suppliers of dental products, has issued an announcement welcoming Ken Wyatt AM MP as the new Assistant Minister for Health.

The ADIA implores the new minister to address issues surrounding the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s [TGA] revised regulation of medical devices. As Bite magazine reported last week, the TGA sought to reduce registration red tape but has, according to some industry professionals, had the adverse effect of increasing compliance costs and thus decreasing the options of equipment available to dental professionals.

“From July 2015 businesses across the dental industry are facing higher TGA fees as a result of botched reforms,” says the ADIA’s chief executive officer Troy Williams. “We look forward to working with Mr Wyatt to correct the TGA’s approach to the way it collects fees from businesses across Australia’s dental industry.”

Of note in the cabinet reshuffle following the change in Austalian government leadership is the increased number of ministers in health portfolios from two to three, with Senator Fiona Nash appointed Minister for Rural Health, while Sussan Ley MP retains her position as Minister for Health. The increase will, according to the ADIA, “provide a more acute focus upon key reform areas in health policy.”

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