I want to export medicines, blood, human tissue or related materials - do I need an export permit?

Generally speaking, any medicine which is being exported for commercial purposes must be either:

  • listed in the ARTG (Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods) for export only;
  • listed or registered in the ARTG for supply in Australia; or
  • have been granted an exemption by the TGA from the need to be in the ARTG under Section 19 of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act), for example, goods for experimental uses.

Anyone who is intending to export a medicine from Australia for commercial supply which is not included in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG), with the name of the exporter as the sponsor, can either:

  • Submit an application to include the goods in the ARTG prior to export as the sponsor of the goods; or
  • Arrange the exportation of the goods on behalf of the sponsor who already has the medicines included in the ARTG.

The exportation from Australia of human blood, organs and substances derived from human blood is prohibited, unless:

  • approval is obtained in writing from the Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and such approval is produced to the Collector of Customs; or
  • the goods are exempt from the above requirement.

For more information visit the Therapeutic Goods Administration Import and Export page.

For more advice on exporting sees Austrade's Guide to Exporting and market / industry profiles including aged care, health and medical.