In May last year, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) released a ‘low risk products’ consultation paper which included an option to declare essential oils and aromatherapy products to be ‘non-therapeutic goods’ – and remove quality controls for the manufacture of these products.
“We are concerned the TGA is pursuing these changes on ideological grounds, without having consulted the industry or assessing the impact on industry or consumers, which is unacceptable,” Your Health Your Choice spokesperson Petrina Reichman said.
If adopted, the proposal would have a devastating effect on the aromatherapy industry in Australia. It would mean the community would be denied access to high quality essential oil products for everyday ailments.
“If adopted, the change would also have a major impact on Australian export markets, resulting in job losses and lower quality products flooding the market,” Ms Reichman said.
The Government has not yet announced whether it will support this proposal – a decision is expected in the near future.