Waiting, Waiting, Waiting: The Untimely Regulation of Homeopathy

Last modified on December 25th, 2018

Homeopaths and consumers wait while the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration’s and the Commonwealth Ombudsman decide the fate of homeopathy in Australia. They been waiting twenty-seven months for the  Ombudsman to rule on the specious anti-homeopathy report from the NHMRC.

 

Reprinted with permission from Homeopathy Plus:  https://homeopathy.com/

Hello, homeopathy-loving people.

Remember when, back in May 2017, we asked you to respond to the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Consultation Paper on the regulation of low risk products, including homeopathy?

Here’s the request – it will either jog your memory or bring you up to speed on what the TGA was proposing: 

People did respond, and in droves. Some of the submissions can be found at: .

While new regulations for many low-risk products were introduced by the TGA after the consultation, the regulation of homeopathy (and aromatherapy) was deferred when concerned consumers and industry bodies (including you) said that the proposed options were either excessive or inappropriate.

Since then, very little has been said about the matter by the TGA, possibly because it had been attempting to regulate homeopathy on the back of disinformation presented in a National Health and Medical Research Council Report on Homeopathy released in March, 2015. (A summary and components of this report are available at: .)

The report had already spawned a complaint to the Commonwealth Ombudsman in August 2016 concerning its serious scientific irregularities. (See: .)

Twenty-seven months on, the complaint still sits in the hands of the Ombudsman and it appears that Government and the TGA are not prepared to make announcements about the regulation of homeopathy until the findings are known. One wonders when that will be.

The only public update from the TGA during this time has been:

Aromatherapy and homeopathy products

The Government is yet to determine what would be an appropriate level of regulation for aromatherapy and homoeopathic products. Further consultation with affected stakeholders may be required.

Next Steps

… Further updates regarding the regulation of aromatherapy and homeopathic products will be provided once a decision has been made by Government.

So, while discussions and examinations by the ombudsman, TGA, and Government continue behind closed doors, the most interested and affected parties – consumers, practitioners, and industry groups – remain in the dark, waiting, waiting and wondering what the Government might decree, and what impact that decree will have on a precious system of medicine – homeopathy.

About the author

Fran Sheffield

Fran Sheffield

Fran Sheffield began her homeopathic studies 17 years ago after seeing the benefits homeopathy brought to her vaccine-injured child.
Fran now runs a busy generalist practice on the Central Coast of NSW. She has documented how homeopathy can make significant changes for children suffering with autism or who struggle with learning and behavioural difficulties.

Fran is a founding member of The Do No Harm Initiative Inc., a not for profit organisation established to inform communities and governments about the homeopathic immunisation option.

1 Comment

  • It’s a high time the Australian Government and the TGA break the suspense and come up with what they have in their mind. It will do everyone a favour.
    On the other hand, NHMRC Australia admits under Senate scrutiny they manipulated results of scientific homeopathic research to defame homeopathy in their 2015 report.
    And the first report has not yet been released.

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