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Source: Australian Department of Health

On 16 November 2020 the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), part of the Department of Health, granted a provisional determination to Janssen Cilag Pty Ltd (Janssen) in relation to its COVID-19 vaccine, Ad26.COV2.S.

The granting of a provisional determination means that the TGA has made a decision that Janssen is now eligible to apply for provisional registration for the vaccine in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).

Provisional determination is the first step in the process and does not mean that an application has or will be made, or that the vaccine will be provisionally approved for inclusion in the ARTG.

The provisional pathway provides a formal and transparent mechanism for speeding up the registration of promising new medicines with preliminary clinical data. In order to apply for provisional registration, the sponsor must first apply for a provisional determination. Further information on eligibility criteria can be found found at: Provisional determination: A step-by-step guide for prescription medicines.

In making its decision to grant Janssen a provisional determination, the TGA considered all eligibility criteria, including factors such as the evidence of a plan to submit comprehensive clinical data and the seriousness of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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