The National Asthma Council Australia has appointed an independent and voluntary panel of experts to form the Sensitive Choice® Product Advisory Panel, which advises the Council. The Product Advisory Panel members include:
- a respiratory physician
- an allergist
- a general practitioner
- a pharmacist
- an industrial chemist
- an engineer
Information is also provided to the Panel on request, by representatives of the National Asthma Council Australia or the Asthma & Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand.
This Product Advisory Panel meets regularly to consider applications from manufacturers and distributors of products/services to participate in the Sensitive Choice® program.
Applicants are not able to meet any Panel members or discuss their application directly with the Panel.
All applications are confidential and each member of the Product Advisory Panel is required to declare any conflict of interest prior to the Product Advisory Panel meeting.
The Product Advisory Panel considers whether the product is suitable to participate in the program and carry the Sensitive Choice® logo. This involves the Panel being satisfied by evidence produced by the manufacturer or supplier of the product that the product is not harmful and demonstrates a potential benefit for people with asthma or allergies. In most cases the Product Advisory Panel is not able to conduct scientific testing due to the extensive costs involved. The Product Advisory Panel assesses products based on the research supplied and against other current and credible research available worldwide. The Panel may request further information before making a final recommendation to the National Asthma Council Australia. It is important to note that the Panel is not comparing products against competitor products and approval does not mean the approved product is better than all other similar products.
The Product Advisory Panel’s advice ends with this recommendation. This recommendation is not subject to appeal and the National Asthma Council Australia is under no obligation to accept any recommendation. The Panel has no further involvement in the applicant’s potential participation in the Sensitive Choice® program, including the negotiation of any Participation and Sponsorship Agreement.