IFN 11-20 – Formulated supplementary sports food (updated)

Date of effect: 30 November 2020

Supersedes: IFN 08/20 – Formulated supplementary sports food (updated) and IFN 15/19 – Formulated supplementary sports food (updated)

Attention

Importers and brokers acting on behalf of importers.

Purpose

To advise importers of changes to requirements for formulated supplementary sports foods (FSSFs).

Key points

  • From 30 November 2020, certain sports supplements will be regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as therapeutic goods.
  • Products identified at imported food inspection as meeting the definition of a therapeutic good will be referred to the TGA for action. The requirements of the Imported Food Control Act 1992 and the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) do not apply to therapeutic goods.
     
  • We have published our list of substances considered to pose a risk to public health on the formulated supplementary sports food webpage.
     
  • Our list is subject to change pending decisions by the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods, TGA, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Food Standards Australia New Zealand
     
  • Products containing substances on our list will be failed or referred to the TGA as a therapeutic good.

Instructions

  1. Ensure formulated supplementary sports food you import complies with the Code.
  2. Find out about the changes to the regulation of sports supplements by the TGA.
  3. Check that your product does not contain one or more of our list of substances considered to pose a risk to public health on the formulated supplementary sports food webpage.
  4. Contact your local state regulatory food authority, a food consultant, or the TGA if in doubt as to whether your product is a food or therapeutic good.
Last reviewed: 1 December 2020
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