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Ingredients in therapeutic goods

20 July 2021

Medicines and other therapeutic goods are usually made from a combination of different substances. These substances, or ingredients, are recorded in the ARTG entry for the good. It is important to use the correct name for each ingredient so that they can be accurately described and identified. The names of both active and excipient ingredients are visible in the public summaries of all medicines and biologicals on the ARTG.

We have processes to ensure that ingredients are named accurately and consistently. Our ingredient names align with those used overseas, where possible, to reduce confusion.

Names for ingredients used in therapeutic goods can be found in the Ingredient Tables in TGA Business services.

Some ingredients are made into combinations before they are included in a therapeutic good (for example flavours or fragrances). These types of ingredient mixes are known as proprietary ingredients as they are commonly referred to by their trade or proprietary name.

Contact details for enquiries about ingredients

If your enquiry is not about the use of ingredients, see: Contact the TGA

Contact details
  • 1800 020 653 (freecall within Australia)
  • +61 2 6232 8465

Users who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can call through the National Relay Service:

  • TTY or computer with modem users: phone 1800 555 677 then ask for 1800 020 653
  • Speak and listen (speech to speech relay) users: phone 1800 555 727 then ask for 1800 020 653
Postal address TGA Names
Scientific Evaluation Branch
Therapeutic Goods Administration
PO Box 100
Woden ACT 2606
Street address
(for deliveries)
Therapeutic Goods Administration
136 Narrabundah Lane
Symonston ACT 2609