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Therapeutic Goods Amendment Act 1996

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Act No. 6 of 1996 as made
An Act to amend the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, and for related purposes
Originating Bill: Therapeutic Goods Amendment Bill 1996
Date of Assent 11 Jun 1996
Date of repeal 10 Mar 2016
Repealed by Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Act 2016
 

THERAPEUTIC GOODS AMENDMENT ACT 1996 No. 6 of 1996
- Assented to 11 June 1996

THERAPEUTIC GOODS AMENDMENT ACT 1996 No. 6 of 1996 - TABLE OF PROVISIONS

Contents
1 Short title
2 Commencement
3 Schedule(s)
Schedule 1
Amendment of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989

THERAPEUTIC GOODS AMENDMENT ACT 1996 No. 6 of 1996 - LONG TITLE

An Act to amend the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989,
and for related purposes

THERAPEUTIC GOODS AMENDMENT ACT 1996 No. 6 of 1996 - SECT 1
1 Short title

This Act may be cited as the Therapeutic Goods Amendment Act 1996.


(Minister's second reading speech made in-
Senate on 7 May 1996
House of Representatives on 29 May 1996)

THERAPEUTIC GOODS AMENDMENT ACT 1996 No. 6 of 1996 - SECT 2
2 Commencement

This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

THERAPEUTIC GOODS AMENDMENT ACT 1996 No. 6 of 1996 - SECT 3
3 Schedule(s)

Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

THERAPEUTIC GOODS AMENDMENT ACT 1996 No. 6 of 1996 - SCHEDULE

Schedule 1-Amendment of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989
1 Subsection 3(1) (paragraph (b) of the definition of authorised
person)
Omit "Part 6", substitute "Part 5A".
2 Subsection 3(1)
Insert:
foods means goods for oral consumption:
(a) that have a principal use, in the form in which they are
presented, of:
(i) providing nutrition or hydration; or
(ii) satisfying hunger or thirst; or
(iii) satisfying a desire for taste, flavour or texture; or
(b) that, in the form in which they are presented, are goods of a
kind standardised by the Food Standards Code as defined in subsection
3(1) of the National Food Authority Act 1991;
but does not include goods whose presentation includes a prescribed
dose and frequency of administration, unless that is required or
expressly permitted by the Food Standards Code as so defined.
3 Subsection 3(1)
Insert:
restricted goods means drugs within regulation 2 of the Therapeutic
Goods Regulations (including progesterone antagonists and vaccines
against human chorionic gonadotrophin) intended for use in women as
abortifacients.
4 Section 3
Add at the end:
(7) A reference to an offence against this Act includes a reference
to:
(a) an offence against the regulations; and
(b) an offence against section 6, 7 or 7A, or subsection 86(1), of
the Crimes Act 1914 in relation to an offence against this Act or the
regulations.
(8) A maximum penalty specified:
(a) at the foot of a section of this Act (other than a section that
is divided into subsections); or
(b) at the foot of a subsection of this Act;
indicates that a person who contravenes the section or subsection is
guilty of an offence against the section or subsection and is
punishable, on conviction, by a penalty up to that maximum.
5 After section 6
Insert:
6AA Importation of restricted goods
(1) In spite of any other provision of this Act, a person must not,
without the written approval of the Minister, import any restricted
goods into Australia.
Penalty: 300 penalty units.
(2) A written approval may be given:
(a) unconditionally or subject to conditions; or
(b) in respect of particular restricted goods or classes of
restricted goods.
(3) It is an offence to breach a condition of an approval.
Penalty: 200 penalty units.
(4) A written approval shall be laid before each House of the

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Parliament by the Minister within 5 sitting days of being given.
(5) Unless:
(a) a written approval is in effect; and
(b) the Minister has notified the Chief Executive Officer of Customs
in writing of the approval;
restricted goods are for the purposes of the Customs Act 1901 taken to
be prohibited imports.
6AB Exempt goods
Regulations exempting restricted goods from the operation of a Part of
this Act must not take effect before the expiration of the time within
which a House of the Parliament may disallow the regulations.
6 Subsection 8(2)
Add at the end:
Maximum penalty: 60 penalty units.
7 Subsection 8(3)
Omit "knowingly,", substitute "intentionally".
8 Subsection 8(3)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 60 penalty units.
9 Subsections 14(1) and (3)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 240 penalty units.
10 Subsection 15(2)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 120 penalty units.
11 Subsection 19(1)
Omit "either exempt goods or goods included in the Register",
substitute "registered goods, listed goods or exempt goods".
12 After section 19
Insert:
19A Exemptions where unavailability etc. of therapeutic goods
(1) The Secretary may, by notice in writing, grant an approval to a
person for the importation into Australia, or the supply in Australia,
of specified therapeutic goods if the Secretary is satisfied that:
(a) registered goods that could act as a substitute for the goods are
unavailable or are in short supply; and
(b) either:
(i) the goods that are the subject of the application are
registered or approved for general marketing in at least one foreign
country specified by the Secretary in a determination under subsection
(3); or
(ii) an application that complies with section 23 has been made
under that section for registration of the goods; and
(c) the goods are of a kind:
(i) included in Schedule 10 of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations;
or
(ii) specified by the Secretary in a determination under subsection
(4); and
(d) the approval is necessary in the interests of public health.
(2) The Secretary may, by notice in writing, grant an approval to a
person for the importation into Australia, or the supply in Australia,
of specified therapeutic goods if the Secretary is satisfied that:
(a) registered goods that could act as a substitute for the goods do
not exist; and
(b) an application that complies with section 23 has been made under
that section for registration of the goods; and
(c) the goods are of a kind:
(i) included in Schedule 10 of the Therapeutic Goods Regulations;
or
(ii) specified by the Secretary in a determination under subsection
(4); and
(d) the approval is necessary in the interests of public health.
(3) The Secretary may, for the purposes of subparagraph (1)(b)(i),
make written determinations specifying the foreign countries in which
registration or approval for general marketing of the goods is a
prerequisite for approval by the Secretary under this section.
(4) The Secretary may make written determinations specifying the
kinds of goods that can be the subject of an approval under this
section.
(5) Determinations under subsections (3) and (4) are disallowable
instruments for the purposes of section 46A of the Acts Interpretation
Act 1901.
(6) The Secretary may grant the approval subject to any conditions
that are specified in the notice of approval.
(7) The Secretary may grant the approval for such period as is
specified in the notice of approval.
(8) The approval lapses if:
(a) the period specified in the notice of approval expires; or
(b) a decision has been made under section 25 in relation to the
goods.

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(9) The approval lapses if:
(a) the Secretary is satisfied that paragraph (1)(a), (b), (c) or
(d), or paragraph (2)(a), (b), (c) or (d), as the case requires, no
longer applies in relation to the goods, or that a condition of the
approval has been contravened; and
(b) the Secretary has given to the person to whom the approval was
granted a notice stating that the Secretary is so satisfied.
(10) The lapsing of the approval on the expiry of the period
specified in the notice of approval does not prevent another approval
being granted under this section in relation to the goods before the
lapsing of the first-mentioned approval. The other approval may be
expressed to take effect on the expiry of that period.

13 Subsections 20(1) and (2)
Repeal the subsections, substitute:
(1) A person must not intentionally or recklessly:
(a) import therapeutic goods into Australia for use in humans; or
(b) export therapeutic goods from Australia for use in humans; or
(c) manufacture in Australia therapeutic goods for supply for use in
humans; or
(d) supply therapeutic goods in Australia for use in humans;
unless:
(e) the goods are registered goods or listed goods in relation to the
person; or
(f) the goods are exempt goods; or
(g) the goods are the subject of an approval or authority under
section 19; or
(h) the goods are the subject of an approval under section 19A.
Maximum penalty: 240 penalty units.
(1A) It is a defence to a prosecution under subsection (1) if the
defendant proves that the defendant was not the sponsor of the goods at
the time of the importation, export, manufacture or supply, as the case
may be.
(2) A person in relation to whom therapeutic goods are registered or
listed must not intentionally or recklessly import those goods into
Australia, or supply those goods in Australia, unless:
(a) the registration number or listing number of the goods is set out
on the label of the goods in the prescribed manner or, in the case of
an importation, that number is so set out, or is to be so set out
before the goods are supplied in Australia; or
(b) the goods are devices that are listed goods.
Maximum penalty: 60 penalty units.
Note: The heading to section 20 is replaced by the heading "Offences
relating to importation, exportation, manufacture and supply of
therapeutic goods".
14 Section 21
Omit "knowingly", substitute "intentionally".
15 Section 21
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 120 penalty units.
16 Paragraph 21(b)
Repeal the paragraph, substitute:
(b) the goods are exempt goods; or
(c) the goods are the subject of an approval or authority under
section 19; or
(d) the goods are the subject of an approval under section 19A.
17 Subsections 22(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6) and (7)
Omit "knowingly", substitute "intentionally".
18 Subsections 22(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6) and (7)
Add at the end:
Maximum penalty: 60 penalty units.
19 Paragraph 22(4)(c)
Add at the end:
; or (d) represent therapeutic goods that are not the subject of an
approval or authority under section 19 as being the subject of such an
approval or authority; or
(e) represent therapeutic goods that are not the subject of an
approval under section 19A as being the subject of such an approval.
20 Subsection 22(7)
Add at the end:
; or (c) an approval under section 19A.
21 Subsection 22(7A)
Add at the end:
Maximum penalty: 60 penalty units.
22 Subsection 22(8)
Repeal the subsection, substitute:
(8) A person must not intentionally or recklessly use therapeutic
goods, other than exempt goods, listed goods, registered goods or goods
that are the subject of an approval under section 19A:
(a) for use in the treatment of another person; or
(b) for use solely for experimental purposes in humans;

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except in accordance with an approval or authority under section 19.
Maximum penalty: 60 penalty units.
23 Section 22A
Omit "knowingly", substitute "intentionally".
24 Section 22A
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 400 penalty units.
25 Before section 23 (in Division 2)
Insert:
23AA Ministerial approval of evaluation, registration or listing of
restricted goods
(1) In spite of any provision of this Division, restricted goods
must not be evaluated or registered or listed without the written
approval of the Minister.
(2) A written approval shall be laid before each House of the
Parliament by the Minister within 5 sitting days of being given.
26 After paragraph 26(1)(b)
Insert:
; and (ba) the goods are not goods which may be listed under section
26A;
27 Paragraph 26(1)(j)
After "manufactured in Australia", insert ", or imported into
Australia,".
28 After section 26
Insert:
26A Listing of certain types of therapeutic goods
(1) If:
(a) an application is made for the listing of therapeutic goods in
relation to a person in accordance with section 23; and
(b) the person has complied with any requirements made by the
Secretary under section 31 in relation to the goods; and
(c) the requirements of subsection (2) and (where applicable)
subsection (3) have been complied with; and
(d) the goods are not:
(i) manufactured in Australia for export only; or
(ii) imported into Australia for export only; or
(iii) therapeutic devices; or
(iv) device kits within the meaning of the regulations made for the
purposes of this subparagraph;
the Secretary is not to refuse to list the goods in relation to the
person.
(2) The applicant must certify that:
(a) the goods are eligible for listing; and
(b) the goods are safe for the purposes for which they are to be
used; and
(c) the presentation of the goods is acceptable; and
(d) the goods conform to every standard (if any) applicable to the
goods and to every requirement (if any) relating to advertising
applicable under the regulations; and
(e) if the goods have been manufactured in Australia-each step in the
manufacture of the goods has been carried out by a person who is the
holder of a licence to carry out that step granted under section 38;
and
(f) the goods comply with all prescribed quality or safety criteria;
and
(g) the goods do not contain substances that are prohibited imports
for the purposes of the Customs Act 1901; and
(h) the information included in or with the application is correct.
(3) Subject to subsection (7), if a step in the manufacture of the
goods has been carried out outside Australia, the Secretary must have
certified, prior to the application being made, that the manufacturing
and quality control procedures used in each such step are acceptable.
(4) In deciding whether so to certify for the purposes of subsection
(3), the matters that may be taken into account include:
(a) whether the applicant has provided an acceptable form of evidence
from a relevant overseas authority to establish that the manufacture of
the goods is of an acceptable standard; and
(b) whether the applicant has agreed to provide, if the Secretary
considers inspection of the manufacturing procedures used in the
manufacture of the goods to be necessary:
(i) funds for the carrying out of that inspection by the
Department; and
(ii) evidence that the manufacturer has agreed to such an
inspection.
(5) If therapeutic goods are exempt from the operation of Part 4 or a
person is exempt from the operation of that Part in relation to the
manufacture of the goods, subsection (2) has effect, in relation to the
goods, as if paragraph (2)(e) were omitted.
(6) If a person (the manufacturer) is exempt from the operation of
Part 4 in relation to a step in the manufacture of therapeutic goods,

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subsection (2) has effect, in relation to the goods, as if the
reference in paragraph (2)(e) to a person who is the holder of a
licence were a reference to the manufacturer to the extent that Part 4
applies to the manufacturer in relation to the manufacture of the
goods.
(7) If:
(a) therapeutic goods were made outside Australia; and
(b) had the goods been made in Australia, they would have been exempt
from the operation of Part 4;
subsection (3) does not apply in relation to the goods.
(8) The Secretary must notify the applicant in writing of his or her
decision on the application within 28 days of the making of the
decision and, in the case of a decision not to list the goods, of the
reasons for the decision.
(9) As soon as practicable after an applicant has been informed that
therapeutic goods in respect of which an application was made are
acceptable for listing, the Secretary must give to the applicant a
certificate of listing of the goods. The listing of the goods
commences on the day specified for the purpose in the certificate.
Note: The heading to section 25 is replaced by the heading "Evaluation
and registration of therapeutic goods".
29 Subsection 29A(1)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 400 penalty units.
30 Subsection 29B(3)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 400 penalty units.
31 Subsection 29B(4)
Omit "knowingly", substitute "intentionally".
32 Subsection 29B(4)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 400 penalty units.
33 Subsection 30(1)
Add at the end:
; or (e) in the case of goods listed under section 26A, it appears to
the Secretary that any of the certifications under paragraph 26A(2)(a),
(e) or (g) are incorrect or (if applicable) the requirements under
subsection 26A(3) are not fulfilled.
34 After paragraph 30(2)(b)
Insert:
(ba) in the case of goods listed under section 26A, it appears to the
Secretary that any of the certifications under paragraph 26A(2)(b),
(c), (d), (f) or (h) are incorrect; or
35 Paragraph 30(6)(a)
Omit "require the person", substitute "impose on the person one or both
of the following requirements".
36 Subparagraph 30(6)(a)(i)
Omit "or" (last occurring).
37 Subsection 30(7)
Omit "knowingly", substitute "intentionally".
38 Subsection 30(7)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 60 penalty units.
39 After section 30
Insert:
30A Recovery of wrongly supplied therapeutic goods
(1) This section applies if:
(a) any person supplies therapeutic goods; and
(b) the goods are not registered goods, listed goods, exempt goods,
goods that are the subject of an approval or authority under section 19
or goods that are the subject of an approval under section 19A.
(2) The Secretary may, in writing, impose on the sponsor of the goods
one or both of the following requirements:
(a) to inform the public or a specified class of persons, in the
specified manner and within such reasonable period as is specified,
that the goods have been wrongly supplied;
(b) to take steps to recover any of the goods that have been
distributed.
(3) The Secretary must cause to be published in the Gazette, as soon
as practicable after imposing such a requirement, a notice setting out
particulars of the requirement.
(4) A person who intentionally or recklessly refuses or fails to
comply with a requirement under subsection (2) is guilty of an offence.
Maximum penalty: 60 penalty units.
40 Subsection 31(4)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 60 penalty units.
41 Subsection 31(5)
Omit "knowingly", substitute "intentionally".
42 Subsection 31(5)

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Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 60 penalty units.
43 Subsection 32(1)
Omit all the words after "in relation to the goods".
44 After subsection 32(1)
Insert:
(2) If the person makes such a request, the Secretary must send to
the person a copy of so much (if any) of that entry as is contained in
any computer database maintained by the Department for purposes
connected with the administration of this Act (other than any part of
that entry that was supplied in confidence by another person).
45 Subsection 32(2A)
Omit "a person", substitute "the person".
46 Subsection 35(1)
Omit "knowingly", substitute "intentionally".
47 Subsection 35(1)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 240 penalty units.
48 Subsection 35(2)
Omit "knowingly", substitute "intentionally".
49 Subsection 35(2)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 120 penalty units.
50 Subsection 35(3)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 60 penalty units.
51 Part 6 (heading)
Repeal the heading, substitute:
Part 5A-Entry, searches and warrants
52 Sections 46 and 47
Repeal the sections, substitute:
45A Definitions
In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears:
evidential material means:
(a) any thing with respect to which an offence against this Act has
been committed or is suspected, on reasonable grounds, to have been
committed; or
(b) any thing as to which there are reasonable grounds for suspecting
that it will afford evidence as to the commission of any such offence;
or
(c) any thing as to which there are reasonable grounds for suspecting
that it is intended to be used for the purpose of committing any such
offence.
occupier, in relation to premises, includes a person present at the
premises who is in apparent control of the premises.
seize includes secure against interference.
thing includes a substance, and a thing in electronic or magnetic form.

46 Searches to monitor compliance with Act
(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), an authorised person may, for
the purpose of finding out whether this Act or the regulations have
been complied with:
(a) enter any premises; and
(b) exercise the powers set out in subsection 48(1).
(2) The authorised person must not enter the premises unless:
(a) the occupier of the premises has consented to the entry; or
(b) the entry is made under a warrant issued under section 49.
(3) An authorised person is not entitled to exercise any powers under
subsection (1) in relation to premises if:
(a) the occupier of the premises has required the authorised person
to produce his or her identity card for inspection by the occupier; and
(b) the authorised person fails to comply with the requirement.
46A Searches of certain premises to monitor compliance with Act
(1) An authorised person may, subject to subsections (2) and (3), and
to the extent that it is reasonably necessary for the purpose of
finding out whether this Act or the regulations have been complied
with, enter premises to which this section applies and do any of the
following:
(a) search the premises and any thing on the premises;
(b) inspect, examine, take measurements of, or conduct tests
(including by the taking of samples) concerning, any thing on the
premises that relates to therapeutic goods;
(c) take photographs (including video recordings) or make sketches of
the premises or any thing on the premises;
(d) inspect any book, record or document on the premises.
(2) An authorised person must not, under subsection (1), enter
premises that are a residence unless:
(a) the occupier of the premises has consented to the entry; or
(b) the premises are used for commercial purposes in relation to
therapeutic goods, in addition to residential purposes.
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subsection (1) in relation to premises if:
(a) the occupier of the premises has required the authorised person
to produce his or her identity card for inspection by the occupier; and
(b) the authorised person fails to comply with the requirement.
(4) This section applies to:
(a) premises of a person:
(i) who has been granted an approval or authority under section 19;
or
(ii) who has been granted an approval under section 19A; or
(iii) in relation to whom therapeutic goods are registered or
listed;
being premises connected with the importation, export, manufacture or
supply of therapeutic goods, or the keeping of records relating to the
importation, export, manufacture or supply of therapeutic goods; and
(b) premises to which the person in relation to whom therapeutic
goods are registered or listed, or the sponsor of the goods, must allow
access as a condition of the registration or listing of the therapeutic
goods; and
(c) premises in relation to which a licence has been granted under
Part 4 for the manufacture of therapeutic goods, or premises at which
records are kept in relation to such manufacture.
46B Searches and seizures on public health grounds
(1) Subject to subsection (2), if an authorised person has reasonable
grounds for suspecting that:
(a) there may be on any premises a particular thing in respect of
which this Act or the regulations have not been complied with; and
(b) it is necessary in the interests of public health to exercise
powers under this section in order to avoid an imminent risk of death,
serious illness or serious injury;
the authorised person may, to the extent that it is reasonably
necessary for the purpose of avoiding an imminent risk of death,
serious illness or serious injury, enter the premises and do any of the
following:
(c) search the premises for the thing;
(d) if the authorised person finds the thing on the premises-seize
it.
(2) An authorised person is not entitled to exercise any powers under
subsection (1) in relation to premises if:
(a) the occupier of the premises has required the authorised person
to produce his or her identity card for inspection by the occupier; and
(b) the authorised person fails to comply with the requirement.
47 Searches and seizures related to offences
(1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), if an authorised person has
reasonable grounds for suspecting that there may be evidential material
on any premises, the authorised person may:
(a) enter the premises; and
(b) exercise the powers set out in subsection (4) and subsection
48(1); and
(c) if the authorised person finds the thing on the premises-seize
it.
(2) The authorised person must not enter the premises unless:
(a) the occupier of the premises has consented to the entry; or
(b) the entry is made under a warrant issued under section 50.
(3) An authorised person is not entitled to exercise any powers under
subsection (1) in relation to premises if:
(a) the occupier of the premises has required the authorised person
to produce his or her identity card for inspection by the occupier; and
(b) the authorised person fails to comply with the requirement.
(4) If:
(a) in the course of searching, in accordance with a warrant, for a
particular thing, an authorised person finds another thing that the
authorised person believes on reasonable grounds to be evidential
material; and
(b) the authorised person believes, on reasonable grounds, that it is
necessary to seize that other thing in order to prevent its
concealment, loss or destruction, or its use in committing, continuing
or repeating an offence against this Act;
the warrant is taken to authorise the authorised person to seize that
other thing.
53 Subsections 48(1) and (2)
Repeal the subsections, substitute:
(1) The powers an authorised person may exercise under paragraphs
46(1)(b) and 47(1)(b) are as follows:
(a) to search the premises and any thing on the premises;
(b) to inspect, examine, take measurements of, or conduct tests
(including by the taking of samples) concerning, any thing on the
premises that relates to therapeutic goods;
(c) to take photographs (including video recordings) or make sketches
of the premises or any thing on the premises;
(d) if the authorised person was only authorised to enter the

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premises because the occupier of the premises consented to the
entry-to require the occupier to:
(i) answer any questions put by the authorised person; and
(ii) produce any book, record or document requested by the
authorised person;
(e) if the authorised person was authorised to enter the premises by
a warrant under section 49 or 50-to require any person in or on the
premises to:
(i) answer any questions put by the authorised person; and
(ii) produce any book, record or document requested by the
authorised person;
(f) to inspect any book, record or document on the premises;
(g) to take extracts from or make copies of any such book, record or
document;
(h) to take onto the premises such equipment and materials as the
authorised person requires for the purpose of exercising powers in
relation to the premises.

54 Subsection 48(3)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 30 penalty units.
55 After section 48
Insert:
48A Details of warrant to be given to occupier etc.
(1) If a warrant in relation to premises is being executed and the
occupier of the premises or another person who apparently represents
the occupier is present at the premises, the authorised person must
make available to that person a copy of the warrant.
(2) The authorised person must identify himself or herself to that
person.
(3) The copy of the warrant referred to in subsection (1) need not
include the signature of the magistrate who issued the warrant.
48B Announcement before entry
(1) An authorised person must, before entering the premises under a
warrant:
(a) announce that he or she is authorised to enter the premises; and
(b) give any person at the premises an opportunity to allow entry to
the premises.
(2) An authorised person is not required to comply with subsection
(1) if he or she believes on reasonable grounds that immediate entry to
the premises is required to ensure:
(a) the safety of a person; or
(b) that the effective execution of the warrant is not frustrated.
48C Use of electronic equipment at premises
(1) The authorised person may operate electronic equipment at the
premises to see whether evidential material is accessible by doing so
if he or she believes on reasonable grounds that the operation of the
equipment can be carried out without damage to the equipment.
(2) If the authorised person, after operating the equipment, finds
that evidential material is accessible by doing so, he or she may:
(a) seize the equipment and any disk, tape or other associated
device; or
(b) if the material can, by using facilities at the premises, be put
in documentary form-operate the facilities to put the material in that
form and seize the documents so produced; or
(c) if the material can be transferred to a disk, tape or other
storage device that:
(i) is brought to the premises; or
(ii) is at the premises and the use of which for the purpose has
been agreed to in writing by the occupier of the premises;
operate the equipment or other facilities to copy the material to the
storage device and take the storage device from the premises.
(3) An authorised person may seize equipment under paragraph (2)(a)
only if:
(a) it is not practicable to put the material in documentary form as
mentioned in paragraph (2)(b) or to copy the material as mentioned in
paragraph (2)(c); or
(b) possession by the occupier of the equipment could constitute an
offence.
(4) If the authorised person believes on reasonable grounds that:
(a) evidential material may be accessible by operating electronic
equipment at the premises; and
(b) expert assistance is required to operate the equipment; and
(c) if he or she does not take action under this subsection, the
material may be destroyed, altered or otherwise interfered with;
he or she may do whatever is necessary to secure the equipment, whether
by locking it up, placing a guard or otherwise.
(5) The authorised person must give notice to the occupier of the
premises of his or her intention to secure equipment and of the fact
that the equipment may be secured for up to 24 hours.
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(a) for a period not exceeding 24 hours; or
(b) until the equipment has been operated by the expert;
whichever happens first.
(7) If the authorised person believes on reasonable grounds that the
expert assistance will not be available within 24 hours, he or she may
apply to the magistrate for an extension of that period.
(8) The authorised person must give notice to the occupier of the
premises of his or her intention to apply for an extension, and the
occupier is entitled to be heard in relation to the application.
48D Compensation for damage to electronic equipment
(1) If:
(a) damage is caused to equipment as a result of it being operated as
mentioned in section 48C; and
(b) the damage was caused as a result of:
(i) insufficient care being exercised in selecting the person who
was to operate the equipment; or
(ii) insufficient care being exercised by the person operating the
equipment;
compensation for the damage is payable to the owner of the equipment.
(2) Compensation is payable out of money appropriated by the
Parliament for the purpose.
(3) In determining the amount of compensation payable, regard is to
be had to whether the occupier of the premises and his or her employees
and agents, if they were available at the time, had provided any
warning or guidance as to the operation of the equipment that was
appropriate in the circumstances.
48E Copies of seized things to be provided
(1) Subject to subsection (2), if an authorised person seizes, under
a warrant relating to premises:
(a) a document, film, computer file or other thing that can be
readily copied; or
(b) a storage device the information in which can be readily copied;
the authorised person must, if requested to do so by the occupier of
the premises or another person who apparently represents the occupier
and who is present when the warrant is executed, give a copy of the
thing or the information to that person as soon as practicable after
the seizure.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply if:
(a) the thing that has been seized was seized under paragraph
48C(2)(b) or (c); or
(b) possession by the occupier of the document, film, computer file,
thing or information could constitute an offence.
48F Occupier entitled to be present during search
(1) If a warrant in relation to premises is being executed and the
occupier of the premises or another person who apparently represents
the occupier is present at the premises, the person is entitled to
observe the search being conducted.
(2) The right to observe the search being conducted ceases if the
person impedes the search.
(3) This section does not prevent 2 or more areas of the premises
being searched at the same time.
48G Receipts for things seized under warrant
(1) If a thing is seized under this Part, the authorised person must
provide a receipt for the thing.
(2) If 2 or more things are seized or moved, they may be covered in
the one receipt.
48H Retention of seized things
(1) Subject to any contrary order of a court, if an authorised person
seizes a thing under this Part, an authorised person must return it if:
(a) the reason for its seizure no longer exists or it is decided that
it is not to be used in evidence; or
(b) the period of 90 days after its seizure ends;
whichever first occurs, unless the thing is forfeited or forfeitable to
the Commonwealth.
(2) At the end of the 90 days specified in subsection (1), an
authorised person must take reasonable steps to return the thing to the
person from whom it was seized, unless:
(a) proceedings in respect of which the thing may afford evidence
were instituted before the end of the 90 days and have not been
completed (including an appeal to a court in relation to those
proceedings); or
(b) an authorised person may retain the thing because of an order
under section 48J; or
(c) an authorised person is otherwise authorised (by a law, or an
order of a court, of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory) to
retain, destroy or dispose of the thing.
(3) The thing may be returned under subsection (2) either
unconditionally or on such terms and conditions as the Secretary sees
fit.

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(1) An authorised person may apply to a magistrate for an order that
he or she may retain the thing for a further period if:
(a) before the end of 90 days after the seizure; or
(b) before the end of a period previously specified in an order of a
magistrate under this section;
proceedings in respect of which the thing may afford evidence have not
commenced.
(2) If the magistrate is satisfied that it is necessary for an
authorised person to continue to retain the thing:
(a) for the purposes of an investigation as to whether an offence
against this Act has been committed; or
(b) to enable evidence of an offence against this Act to be secured
for the purposes of a prosecution;
the magistrate may order that an authorised person may retain the thing
for a period (not being a period exceeding 3 years) specified in the
order.
(3) Before making the application, the authorised person must:
(a) take reasonable steps to discover who has an interest in the
retention of the thing; and
(b) if it is practicable to do so, notify each person whom the
authorised person believes to have such an interest of the proposed
application.
56 Subsection 49(2)
Repeal the subsection, substitute:
(2) Subject to subsection (3), the magistrate may issue the warrant
if the magistrate is satisfied, by information on oath, that it is
reasonably necessary that one or more authorised persons should have
access to the premises for the purposes of finding out whether this Act
or the regulations have been complied with.
57 Paragraph 49(4)(a)
Omit "an authorised person", substitute "one or more authorised
persons".
58 Subsection 50(2)
Omit "a particular thing (in this section called the evidence) that may
afford evidence of the commission of an offence against this Act",
substitute "evidential material".
59 Paragraph 50(4)(a)
Repeal the paragraph, substitute:
(a) name one or more authorised persons; and
60 Paragraph 50(4)(b)
Omit "the authorised person", substitute "the persons so named".
61 Subparagraph 50(4)(b)(ii)
Omit "subsection 48(1)", substitute "subsections 47(4) and 48(1)".
62 Subparagraph 50(4)(b)(iii)
Omit "evidence", substitute "evidential material".
63 Subparagraph 51(5)(a)(ii)
Omit "the person", substitute "the authorised person".
64 Paragraph 51(5)(b)
Omit "the person", substitute "the authorised person".
65 Subsection 51(6)
Omit "The person", substitute "The authorised person".
66 After section 51A
Insert:
51B Offences relating to warrants
(1) A person must not make, in an application for a warrant, a
statement that the person knows to be false or misleading in a material
particular.
Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years.
(2) A person must not:
(a) state in a document that purports to be a form of warrant under
section 51 the name of a magistrate unless that magistrate issued the
warrant; or
(b) state on a form of warrant under that section a matter that, to
the person's knowledge, departs in a material particular from the form
authorised by the magistrate; or
(c) purport to execute, or present to another person, a document that
purports to be a form of warrant under that section that the first-
mentioned person knows:
(i) has not been approved by a magistrate under that section; or
(ii) to depart in a material particular from the terms authorised
by a magistrate under that section; or
(d) give to a magistrate a form of warrant under that section that is
not the form of warrant that the person purported to execute.
Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years.
67 Subsection 52(2)
Repeal the subsection.
68 Subsection 52(3)
Repeal the penalty, substitute:
Maximum penalty: 1 penalty unit.
69 After section 52

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Insert:
Part 6-Miscellaneous
70 Subsections 54(1) and (2)
Repeal the subsections, substitute:
(1) An offence against section 22A, 29A or 29B is an indictable
offence.
71 Subsection 54(3)
Omit "(other than an indictable offence)".
72 Subsection 54(6)
Repeal the subsection.
Note: The heading to section 54 is replaced by the heading "Indictable
offences and forfeiture".
73 After section 54
Insert:
54A Time for bringing prosecutions
A prosecution for an offence against this Act may be commenced at any
time within 3 years after the commission of the offence.
74 Subsection 55(9)
Repeal the subsection.
75 After section 56
Insert:
56A Certificates to provide evidence of certain matters
(1) The Secretary or a person authorised in writing by him or her to
give certificates under this section may certify in writing that, at a
specified time, or at all times during a specified period:
(a) there was no exemption in effect under section 18 in relation to
particular therapeutic goods; or
(b) there was no approval or authority under section 19 granted to a
particular person in relation to particular therapeutic goods; or
(c) there was no approval under section 19A granted to a particular
person in relation to particular therapeutic goods; or
(d) particular therapeutic goods were or were not included in the
Register as registered goods; or
(e) particular therapeutic goods were or were not included in the
Register as listed goods; or
(f) particular therapeutic goods were included in the Register
subject to conditions including those specified in the certificate; or
(g) the registration or listing of the particular therapeutic goods
had been cancelled; or
(h) there was no declaration under section 7 which applied to
particular therapeutic goods; or
(i) a person was or was not the holder of a licence in force under
Part 4; or
(j) the licence is subject to conditions including those specified in
the certificate; or
(k) there was no exemption in effect under subsection 34(1) that
applied to particular therapeutic goods or a particular class of
therapeutic goods; or
(l) there was no exemption in effect under subsection 34(2) that
applied to a particular person in relation to one or more of the
following:
(i) the manufacture of particular therapeutic goods;
(ii) a particular step in the manufacture of particular therapeutic
goods;
(iii) the manufacture of a particular class of therapeutic goods;
(iv) a particular step in the manufacture of a particular class of
therapeutic goods.
(2) A certificate under subsection (1) may relate to more than one of
the matters referred to in paragraphs (1)(a) to (l).
(3) In proceedings for an offence against this Act, a certificate
under subsection (1) is prima facie evidence of the matters specified
in the certificate.
(4) In proceedings for an offence against section 14, a certificate
by the Secretary to the effect that:
(a) the Secretary did not consent to the importation, supply or
exportation that is the subject of the proceedings; or
(b) the Secretary consented to that importation, supply or
exportation subject to conditions specified in the certificate;
is prima facie evidence of the matters specified in the certificate.
(5) In proceedings for an offence against this Act, a document
purporting to be a certificate given under this section is, unless the
contrary is proved, taken to be such a certificate and to have been
duly given.
76 Subsection 57(1)
Omit "subsections (2) and (6)", substitute "subsections (2), (6) and
(8)".
77 Paragraph 57(4)(b)
Omit "aurthorised", substitute "authorised".
78 After subsection 57(7)
Insert:
(8) The powers of the Secretary under section 19A may be delegated
only to either or both of the following persons:
(a) the National Manager of the Therapeutic Goods Administration;
(b) the Director of the Drug Safety and Evaluation Branch of the
Therapeutic Goods Administration.
(9) The Minister must not delegate his or her powers or functions
under section 6AA or 23AA.
79 Subsection 60(1)
Omit "In this section", substitute "In this section and section 60A".
80 Subsection 60(3)
Omit "The Minister", substitute "Subject to paragraph 60A(2)(b), the
Minister".
81 Subsection 60(4)
After "on reconsideration", insert ", or (if applicable) notice that
the matter has been remitted under paragraph 60A(2)(b),".
82 After section 60
Insert:
60A New information on review-discretion to remit
(1) This section applies only if the Secretary or an authorised
delegate makes a decision under section 25 in relation to therapeutic
goods.
(2) If a person (the appellant) whose interests are affected by the
decision requests the Minister to reconsider the decision, and lodges
new information in support of that request, the Minister must either:
(a) take that information into account when he or she reconsiders the
decision; or
(b) remit the matter to an authorised delegate for a fresh decision.
(3) If the appellant applies to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
for review of the decision on reconsideration, and lodges new
information in support of that application, the Tribunal may, if the
Tribunal thinks fit, remit the matter to an authorised delegate for a
fresh decision.
(4) The Tribunal must not remit the matter under subsection (3) if
all of the new information is information that the Minister took into
account under paragraph (2)(a) in making the decision on
reconsideration.
(5) If:
(a) the appellant lodges new information in support of an application
to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of the decision on
reconsideration; and
(b) the Tribunal does not remit the matter under subsection (3);
the Tribunal, in reviewing the decision on reconsideration:
(c) may consider new information (if any) that the Minister took into
account under paragraph (2)(a) in making the decision on
reconsideration; and
(d) must not consider any other new information, except new
information that indicates that the quality, safety or efficacy of the
therapeutic goods is unacceptable.
(6) If:
(a) the Minister or the Tribunal remits the matter; and
(b) the appellant has paid, as a further evaluation fee, the
evaluation fee that the appellant would have to pay under section 24 on
making a new application for registration of the therapeutic goods;
the authorised delegate must make a decision under section 25, taking
into account the new information, as if a fresh application for
registration had been made.
(7) To remove any doubt, the authorised delegate's fresh decision is
to be treated, for the purposes of subsequent applications of section
60 and this section, as a decision under Part 3.
(8) In this section:
authorised delegate means a delegate of the Secretary exercising a
power to decide whether to register therapeutic goods.
new information means information that:
(a) was in existence at the time the decision referred to in
subsection (1) was made; and
(b) was not made available to the Secretary or authorised delegate
for the purpose of making the decision; and
(c) is relevant to that decision;
and includes any opinions that are wholly or substantially based on
such information (whether or not the opinions were formed before or
after the decision was made).

83 Paragraph 63(2)(j)
Omit "$1,000", substitute "10 penalty units".
84 Saving provision
Regulations made for the purposes of paragraph 20(2)(d) of the
Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 that were in force immediately before the
commencement of this item continue in force after that commencement as
if they had been made for the purposes of paragraph 20(2)(a) of that
Act as amended by this Act.