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Sport supplements may fit into one of two possible regulatory schemes: foods or therapeutic goods. Under the law, a product can either be a food or a therapeutic good, but not both.

In Australia, certain sports supplements are mandated by law to be therapeutic goods, akin to medicines, ensuring their adherence to stringent quality and safety criteria. The oversight of these products falls under the jurisdiction of the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

In more straightforward terms, a product falls within the category of therapeutic goods under the Act if it is officially designated as such or is presented as intended for therapeutic purposes. A product is deemed to have therapeutic use if, among other considerations, it impacts, hinders, or alters a physiological process within the body.

The responsibility for registering therapeutic goods in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) before their importation, manufacture, distribution, or promotion in Australia lies with the Australian sponsor.


The TGA has information which outlines:

  1. The classification of sports supplements as therapeutic goods.

  2. The regulations governing the oversight of sports supplements in Australia, including the methods and reasons behind the regulatory framework.

  3. Essential knowledge for ensuring compliance with therapeutic goods laws related to sports supplements.


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