The Competition and Consumer Amendment (Australian Consumer Law - Country of Origin Representations) Bill 2020 (the Bill)was debated and passed the House of Representatives on the 27th October 2020.
The purpose of the Bill is to amend the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the CCA) to widen the definition of what constitutes the ‘substantial transformation’ of goods for the purposes of ‘safe harbour’ provisions relating to country of origin representations - such as ‘made in Australia’ claims.
The amendment lays the foundation for Australian made complementary medicines to have robust access to a safe harbour Australian origin claim and to the 'Australian Made, Australian Grown' logo. This bill marks the next step towards implementing the government's commitment to establish strong country of origin labelling laws for Australian made complementary medicines.
For more information on the progression of Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL), please see today's member alert.