The Therapeutic Goods Administration – the TGA – is the governing body for Australia that has a similar role to the FDA in the USA. Menstrual cups are regulated by the TGA, and must be registered before they can legally be sold in Australia (the same way cups must be registered with the FDA to be legally sold in or to the USA)
“Menstrual cups are therapeutic devices and need to be included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) before being sold in Australia. The TGA regulates menstrual cups as ‘Other Therapeutic Goods’.”
Cups that are purchased from overseas sources for your own personal use, do not need to be registered with the TGA, as it is legal to import an unregistered item (that is not prohibited) for your own use. However it is not legal to sell a menstrual cup in Australia unless it is registered with the TGA.
As of 13th Sept 2016 – the following are the only menstrual cups that appear under a search for “menstrual cups” on the ARTG:
Country of origin: Australia? (manufactured in China?)
Composition: Medical Grade Silicone
Sizes: “1” (small), “2” (Large)
Dimensions: 1 = 43mm diameter, 73mm length without stem. 2 = 46mm diameter, 76mm length without stem
Measuring Lines: Yes
Cost (RRP): $46.39 / $41.95 USD [Currency Converter]
Been around since: 2015
Unique design?: No (There are other cups with similar design available)
Other Details: Website is registered in Australia, although the cups are being sold on Amazon in USD. This brand does not appear to be registered with the TGA or FDA (as of Sept 2016). While the cup design is similar to existing cups, it does not appear to be a rebranding. The cup design is very similar to Lunette, but with extra grip rings on the stem.
The RRP on their website is listed as $46.39 each, and on Amazon they are given a RRP of $41.95each – however the website gives a RRP of a set of 2 to be $30.95.
The FDA declaration is slightly misleading, as it implies the cup is FDA approved, when it isn’t.
Country of origin: Australia
Sizes: 2 sizes – 1&2
Dimensions: Small (1) = 40mm diameter, 46mm long without stem (65mm long with stem). Large (2) = 46mm diameter, 50mm long without stem (69mm with stem)
Capacity: Small (1) = 20mls. Large (2) = 30mls
Stem: Solid thin “stick”
Measuring Lines: No
Cost (RRP): $62 AUD
Been around since: 28th July 2011
Unique Design?: Yes (This cup design appears to have been created by this brand and has not been seen used by other brands)
Other Details: TGA approved for sale within Australia. Butterfly instead of the usual grip rings around the bottom of the cup is a pretty touch. Does some charity donations.
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