ACU academic reappointed to government health advisory panels

Published: Monday 1st February 2016

Dr Roger Lord of the School of Science, ACU Faculty of Health Sciences, has been re-appointed to two advisory panels of the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA).

The TGA is part of the Federal Department of Health and is responsible for regulating the supply, import, export, manufacturing and advertising of therapeutic goods in Australia.

Dr Lord has been appointed to the TGA’s Advisory Committee on the Safety of Medicines (ACSOM) and the Therapeutic Goods Committee (TGC).

ACSOM advises and makes recommendations to the TGA on the safety of medicines and provides guidance for risk assessment and management of medicines.

ACSOM may also provide advice to the TGA on matters related to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects (known as pharmacovigilance).

Dr Lord’s appointment has been made in relation to his expertise in organ and tissue transplantation as well as infectious diseases.

“My roles on these committees not only safeguard the health of Australians but also benefit teaching into the new Bachelor of Biomedical Science degree which started last year,” he said.

“Students wishing to undertake the pharmacy stream of the program can be briefed first hand on the procedural matters pertaining to pharmaceutical compounds, pharmacovigilance, standards for packaging and issues relating to clinical trials.”

Dr Lord has also been appointed to the Therapeutic Goods Committee (TGC). The TGC makes recommendations to the TGA and Minister for Health on the adoption of standards for therapeutic goods including requirements for labelling, packaging and manufacture of pharmaceuticals.

The TGC also provides advice on standards for medical devices, biologicals and conformity to these standards.