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ADIA Code of Practice — Lodge a Complaint

The ethical promotion of dental products is central to the trust-based framework within which dentists and oral healthcare professionals advise and treat patients and the framework for industry promotion is set out in the ADIA Code of Practice published by the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA). Although ADIA works with businesses bound by the Code with a view to helping them understand and comply with the ADIA Code of Practice, it is understood that regrettably the occasional breach may occur.

The ADIA Code of Practice, as approved by the ADIA membership, includes mechanisms for dealing with complaints about conduct by companies. Any person can make a complaint against a business that is covered by the ADIA Code of Practice and the following guidance is offered to those wishing to do so:


Guidance on making a complaint —

Step 1

Verify that the business is covered by the Code:
Businesses covered by the Code are those that are ADIA members and/or those participating in an exhibition managed by ADIA.

Step 2

Determine whether the principles have been breached:
You will need to review the underpinning principles within the Code to ascertain whether the action is inconsistent with these principles as, in most instances, a general allegation of misconduct will not be progressed.

Step 3

Collect supporting evidence:
To assist the ADIA Code Complaints Committee make a determination on the matter, you will need to collect supporting evidence that supports your allegation. Such evidence may include magazine advertisements, promotional literature, and website content (if referring to website content please print copies of the material in question).

Step 4

Lodge your complaint:
You will need to write to ADIA with your complaint in a way that clearly identifies that it is a formal complaint, the business that you believe is breaching the ADIA Code of Practice, and how you believe the promotional activity is inconsistent with the principles of the Code. [Download The Complaint Form]

If the matter that is brought-forward by the Complainant is, at any time, the subject of litigation between the Complainant, or either the Complainant and the Respondent has intimated in writing that litigation concerning the matter is pending, the ADIA Board may direct the ADIA-CCC Code Complaints Committee to either suspend or terminate its consideration of the Complaint.

Guidance for advertising complaints —

The Code applies to advertisements directed exclusively to dental and oral healthcare professionals.

Complaints that allege an advertisement is false or misleading should be directed to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) which has responsibility for enforcing the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).

Advertisements directed to consumers (e.g. patients and households) are regulated by the TGA Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code rather than the ADIA Code of Practice.

Once you have identified that the business is bound by the ADIA Code of Practice and that the promotional activity is likely to be inconsistent with the specific provisions in the Code, please complete the cover sheet from the link below:

Documentation to use when lodging a complaint —

ADIA Code - Complaints cover sheet [PDF]

Be sure to include all attachments then direct your written complaint to:

ADIA Code Complaints Committee
a: GPO Box 960, Sydney, NSW, 2001

Anonymous complaints will not be considered; however, a consumer or non-industry complainant may elect, on application to the ADIA-CCC Code Complaints Committee, to have their name or identity suppressed in correspondence with the respondent, or from public release. This will not necessarily prevent the complaint's details from being released in the event of legal action.

Further Information —

To keep up to date with how the ADIA Code of Practice is working to strengthen the trust that exists between the dental industry, dental professionals and consumers subscribe to the Twitter feed @AusDental or follow us on Facebook at Alternatively, you can contact the Association via email at or by telephone on 1300 943 094.

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