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Recall actions database
The System for Australian Recall Actions (SARA) provides consumers, health care professionals, sponsors, wholesalers, hospitals and retailers with access to information about recall actions occurring in Australia for therapeutic goods. The Database holds information on recall actions that have been undertaken in Australia since 1 July 2012.
The Database is searchable for therapeutic good recall action notifications that include recalls, product defect corrections and hazard alerts (implanted medical devices and biologicals) and product defect alerts. Recall actions are included into the SARA two days (excluding weekends) after the decision between the responsible entity and the TGA, to commence the recall action. This allows time for the responsible entity (sponsor/supplier/importer) to distribute the recall communication. In certain circumstances (e.g. consumer level recall actions, implantable products, or other noteworthy actions), notices are also published on the alerts page.
See Published recall notices (2001 - 30 June 2012) for information on certain recall actions undertaken in Australia before 1 July 2012.
Note: If you are concerned about your health or if you have experienced an adverse event with one of the products listed for recall action, please seek advice from your health professional as soon as possible.
SARA enhanced search facility
In July 2020, the TGA completed an enhancement to the SARA database's search facility. Users are now able to download search results of summary recall data in editable, MS Excel format, in addition to the existing PDF reports. This project was undertaken in response to requests from a range of external stakeholders to provide better access to the TGA's recall data.
More information about recall actions
- Recalls and non recall actions
There are four types, three classes and four levels of recalls, and four types of non-recall actions
- System for Australian Recall Actions (SARA): questions and answers
Answers to common questions about the SARA
- System for Australian Recall Actions (SARA): Instructions for searching
How to perform a search
- System for Australian Recall Actions (SARA): about the search results
Explanation of search results tables
- Overseas recalls
How overseas recall actions affect Australia