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FishBarrel

In Australia there are thousands of websites that offer products and services that are not efficacious, dangerous, and misleading – all of which are illegal, under both the TGA and the ACCC.

Reporting offending websites can take quite a while and, depending on how in-depth you wish to be, can take anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes.

Fishbarrell is a multi-nationally compatible Google Chrome (Internet Browser) Plug-in that makes gathering and submitting claims to Australian authorities both quick and easy. Additionally, it tracks complaints and lets you know if someone has already made a submission to the TGA, the ACCC, or to both – and when.

Reporting is made substantially quicker and effective – like shooting fish in a barrel.

Using FishBarrel

Installation

FishBarrel is free. To download, open a Chrome browser, download the plugin and install the crx extension by clicking “continue” in the warning bar at the bottom of your browser window.

Use in Australia

ACCC – Reporting to the ACCC is straight forward; simply select the ACCC tab and fill out the form.

TGA – Due to TGA stipulations photos must be attachments; I recommend using a SEPARATE browser (as Chrome will block the attachments in each instance the TGA Complaint Form is loaded) and copy & paste the form to the complaint form in the new browser.

For Screenshots, Review the Complaint and Save the Screenshots to your desktop and Attachment them to your Complaint.

Useful Tips

– Avoid highlighting large chunks of text; rather than highlighting a paragraph with multiple claims, highlight each claim individually.

About Xibis and Simon Perry

Fishbarrel was developed with support and collaboration of UK-based web software development company, Xibis, owned by Simon Perry.

Simon has a blog called Adventures in Nonsense and campaigns against pseudo-science. Amongst other projects, he runs Leicester Skeptics in the Pub, and his current focus is to encourage more people to get active campaigning against dangerous medical misinformation.

Follow him on twitter @Simon_Perry

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