Medicinal Cannabis Industry Australia (MCIA) chair Peter Crock and executive officer Patty Holmes are in Canberra this week for a host of meetings with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Office of Drug Control (ODC), and government advisors.

New TGA boss Professor Tony Lawler

Crock and Holmes are due to meet with new TGA boss Professor Tony Lawler and manufacturing quality branch head Jenny Burnett as well as advisors to health minister Mark Butler and chair of the cross-party Parliamentary Friends of Medicinal Cannabis Group (PFMCG) Warren Entsch.  

Talking points include how MCIA can better work with the TGA and ODC on the licensing/permit processes for local cultivators and manufacturers, compliance with TGO93 GMP supplier criteria, the TGA’s updated draft advertising guidelines and hosting a PFMCG event later this year.  

Meanwhile, the body has begun a series of networking events and Australian Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) workshops in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. 

Holmes told Cannabiz a MCIA board member attended each of the networking events to discuss their experiences of the sector with delegates.

In Sydney, Bod Science CEO Jo Patterson spoke on the importance of clinical trials for the product registration pathway and Bod’s experiences in undertaking a schedule 3 CBD product registration.  

In Brisbane, MedReleaf Australia CEO Russell Harding stressed the importance of the pharmacist to the patient in accessing the medicinal cannabis pathway.

And in Melbourne, Cann Group CEO Peter Koetsier discussed the importance of collaboration in the pre-competitive pharmaceutical space and working together to achieve success.

The ATMAC project aims to help the industry build a globally competitive supply chain, the first phase of which is the identification of key markets in addition to Australia, key focus areas for investigation and the values that underpin the Australian medicinal cannabis industry and/or products.  

Holmes said the three workshops to date have been attended by cultivators, manufacturers, product sponsors, allied service providers (such as energy and legal firms), researchers and patient advocacy groups.

She added: “It was great to catch up with colleagues, but also refreshing to see new faces in the industry.”

The next events will take place in Adelaide (September 19) and Perth (September 21). To register, click here.

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...

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