Rethinking government regulation
With the support of our Donors, Members, and Volunteers from around the world, we are developing new international guidelines and model templates for consumer medicine information and labelling. Join us.
Just before you get excited: there is no such thing as best practice in CID. ‘Best practice’ implies that only one kind of acceptable practice exists. But this is […]
Never ever trust Statements of Advice in their current incarnation. If you live in Australia, reports from the hearings by the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry will have revealed some—but not all—of the reasons why today's SOA can't be trusted.
In Australia, where responsibility for government regulation of medicine information is in the hands of the Therapeautic Goods Administration (TGA) we are about to see bad design required by regulation.
Suddenly, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) is an expert in typography and information design. The TGA has proposed a new set of guidelines for medicine labelling, to replace the evidence-based approach in TGO69A and the ASMI Code of Practice. If implemented, the new guidelines will result in more medication errors and a gradual deterioration of medicine labelling usability in Australia.
The big shift provides opportunities to rethink many things, and since the GFC it’s timely to rethink financial literacy. Through such a rethink we might discover that the […]
The issues raised by TGA are legitimate, and the labelling regulations need updating. However, the Consultation Paper ignores the established, evidence-based approach to medicine information design currently enshrined in regulations, and re-introduces an outdated, discredited approach.
If you have ever struggled to use labels and other product information in order to choose a product and use it appropriately, you might be in for […]
This is the single most impressive and comprehensive collection of well written medicines information for consumers that has ever been published and made available in the public domain.
We are preparing to release some of the data for our international study of credit card statements. I was asked by our publicist, what were the main […]
The current banking debacle would be funny if it wasn't hurting so many people. There is something slightly whacky about putting compulsive and highly competitive gamblers in charge of the money. Not surprisingly, the money has gone. It's tempting to demonise particular individuals or institutions, but that misses the point, the systemic reasons why we are all in the current mess. After all, you can’t blame the scum for rising to the top of the liquid.
It happened again! Another government agency—this time the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—has made another major contribution to bad information design.