PBS Calendars

Page last updated: 26 November 2019

PBS related activities surrounding the PBAC meeting cycles

If you are considering applying to have a drug listed on the PBS, it is recommended that you contact the Office of Health Technology Assessment (OHTA) to discuss the listing steps. If you are unsure of the most appropriate person to contact, the Industry Liaison Officer will be able to assist.

All contact details are available from the PBS contacts page.

PBAC Cycle Timeframe for 2019 - 2021

Week

Activity

PBAC Cycle 
2019/3
 

Meeting date
6-8 Nov

PBAC Cycle 
2020/1
 

Meeting date
11-13 Mar

PBAC Cycle 2020/2
 

Meeting date
8-10 July

PBAC Cycle 2020/3
 

Meeting date
4-6 Nov

PBAC Cycle 2021/1

Meeting date
10-12 Mar

-4

Deadline for intent to apply for major submissions (Wednesday)

 

9 Oct 2019

12 Feb 2020

10 June 2020

7 Oct 2020

-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

0

Deadline for major submissions (Wednesday)

10 July 2019

6 Nov 2019

11 Mar 2020

8 July 2020

4 Nov 2020

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Intent to apply for minor submissions (Friday)

26 July 2019 

22 Nov 2019

27 Mar 2020 

24 July 2020

20 Nov 2020

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

6

Deadline for minor submissions (Friday)

23 Aug 2019

20 Dec 2019

24 April 2020

21 Aug 2020

18 Dec 2020

7

Publication of agenda on web (Wednesday)

28 Aug 2019

24 Dec 2019
(25 Dec PH)

29 April 2020

26 Aug 2020

24 Dec 2020 (25 Dec PH)

7

Consumer Comments Open (Wednesday)

28 Aug 2019

24 Dec 2019

29 April 2020

26 Aug 2020

24 Dec 2020

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Major submission commentaries to “Responsible persons”. (Wednesday)

18 Sept 2019

22 Jan 2020

20 May 2020

16 Sept 2020

20 Jan 2020

11

“Responsible Persons” send Pre-Subcommittee Responses to PBAC Secretariat (by midday Wednesday)

25 Sept 2019

29 Jan 2020

27 May 2020

23 Sept 2020

27 Jan 2021

12

DUSC meeting (Thursday-Friday)

3-4 Oct 2019

6-7 Feb 2020

4-5 June 2020

1-2 Oct 2020

4-5 Feb 2021

13

ESC meeting (Monday-Tuesday)

8-9 Oct 2019
(7 Oct PH)

10-11 Feb 2020

9-10 June 2020
(8 Oct PH)

6-7 Oct 2020

(5 Oct PH)

8-9 Feb 2021

13

Consumer Comments Close (Wednesday)

9 Oct 2019

12 Feb 2020

10 June 2020

7 Oct 2020

10 Feb 2021

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Minor submission overviews, ESC (major submissions), DUSC (selected major submissions), & ATAGI (vaccine submissions) advice & summary of consumer comments to “Responsible Persons” (Wednesday)

23 Oct 2019



 

26 Feb 2020



 

24 June 2020



 

21 Oct 2020

24 Feb 2021

16

“Responsible Persons” send Pre-PBAC Responses to PBAC Secretariat (by midday Wednesday)

30 Oct 2019

4 Mar 2020

1 July 2020

28 Oct 2020

3 Mar 2021

17

PBAC meeting Wednesday-Friday

6-8 Nov 2019

11-13 Mar 2020

8-10 Jul 2020

4-6 Nov 2020

10-12 Mar 2021

17

(Deadline for major submissions for next meeting)

6 Nov 2019

11 Mar 2020

8 Jul 2020

4 Nov 2020

10 Mar 2021

18

POST PBAC PROCEDURES:

 

 

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

Ratified Minutes (positive recommendations) to “Responsible Persons” (Friday)

29 Nov 2019

3 April 2020

31 July 2020

27 Nov 2020

1 April 2021
(2 April PH)

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

Ratified Minutes (all other recommendations) to “Responsible Persons” (Friday)

13 Dec 2019

17 April 2020

14 Aug 2020

11 Dec 2020

16 April 2021

23

Post-PBAC meetings with PBAC Chair (Tue-Wed)

17-18 Dec 2019

21-22 April 20

18-19 Aug 2020

15-16 Dec 2020

20-21 April 2021

23

Posting of recommendations on website following sponsor’s comments (Friday)

20 Dec 2019

24 April 2020

21 Aug 2020

18 Dec 2020

23 April 2021

24

Deadline for Independent Review requests for reconsideration at the meeting following the next meeting (Friday)

2 Jan 2020

1 May 2020

28 Aug 2020

24 Dec 2020

30 April 2021

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

Draft PSDs  to “Responsible Persons” (Friday)

24 Jan 2020

22 May 2020

18 Sept 2020

22 Jan 2021

21 May 2021

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

32

Finalisation of PSDs (Friday)

28 Feb 2020

26 June 2020

23 Oct 2020

26 Feb 2021

25 June 2021

33

PSDs published on website (positive & subsequent rejections) (Friday)

6 Mar 2020

3 July 2020

30 Oct 2020

5 Mar 2021

2 July 2021

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

PSDs published on website (1st time rejections & deferrals) (Friday)

20 Mar 2020

17 July 2020

13 Nov 2020

19 Mar 2021

16 July 2021

PBAC = Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee
“responsible persons” = legal wording requirement for terminology – previously known as sponsors
DUSC = Drug Utilisation Sub Committee    
ESC = Economic Sub Committee
ATAGI = Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation
PSDs = Public Summary Documents
TBC = To be Confirmed
    
*  These dates may vary based on the number of submissions received    

Accessibility

The documents on this page may not be accessible. If you need help please contact HTA compliance (secretariat.compliance@health.gov.au).

Pre-submission meetings

Sponsors may apply for a pre-submission meeting with the Department at any time. Pre-submission meetings are held throughout the entire PBAC meeting cycle, subject to availability and in accordance with the processes outlined in the Procedure guidance for listing medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

If the item to be discussed is a co-dependent technology, sponsors must first contact the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) team (hta@health.gov.au) to arrange a joint meeting.

Health technologies are co-dependent if their use needs to be combined (either sequentially or simultaneously) to achieve or enhance the intended clinical effect of either technology.  For example, a drug/test combination where a new medicine seeking listing on the PBS may have a related pathology test that helps to determine the population group for that medicine.

For information on processes, procedures, timelines and documents required, refer to the Procedure guidance for listing medicines on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

If you have any questions regarding pre-submission meetings, please contact the Pre-submission Meetings Team via email (PBACpresubmissionmeetings@health.gov.au).