Australia’s leading tubular stainless steel manufacturer Bendtech
has recently been listed in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG).
The Brisbane-based Australian-owned company has been designing and manufacturing innovative stainless steel products for the building and construction industry, aged care, disabilities and hospital sectors as well as the elderly-consumer for over 30 years.
The TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) registration allows the company’s extensive range of stainless steel products to be registered within Australia’s therapeutic industries as medical devices. Bendtech CEO and Managing Director Tim Shalders describes it as a significant achievement to be the only Australian tubular stainless steel manufacturer to have their products listed in the Australian Therapeutic Goods Register.
The company recently undertook an independent Australian Standards compliance exercise to ensure that their products complied with both the Australian Standards and Building Code of Australia. The TGA registration conveys to the end user that Bendtech products are made to high standards and have been extensively evaluated in terms of risk management.
Bendtech’s products include grab rails, folding shower seats, shower curtain tracks and curtains, modular grab rail systems, shower and bathroom rails, bathroom accessories and back rests as well as fold up, swing-away and floor/ceiling products particularly designed for hospital and aged care facilities. The backrests include the ergonomically designed Rest-Ezy backrest, which provides both support and comfort for disabled or elderly patients.
All grab rail products are engineered to ensure maximum safety for the sick, disabled or elderly, and are available in satin, polished or powder coated finish, which are long wearing as well as slip resistant.
According to Mr Shalders, Bendtech is continually designing and developing new products for the aged care, disability, medical and building industry to meet growing demand with the company’s TGA registration helping with increased acceptance of its products among these segments. Being a hygienic, durable and long-lasting material, stainless steel is particularly preferred by industries servicing the needs of Australia’s aging population.
Mr Shalders said it was important for manufacturers of therapeutic goods to comply with the acceptable manufacturing standards to ensure products that are supplied within Australia are both safe and effective for the end user. Having certification from Australia’s regulatory authority of therapeutic goods ensures the product is safe, of high quality and fit for its intended use.
A regulatory arm of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aging, the TGA works with consumers, health professionals, industry leaders and its international counterparts to effectively regulate increasingly complex products resulting from innovative developments.