In Focus: Homeopathy

We encourage the reporting of breaches that are local to you first. If a homeopath advertises products via a website, these can be submitted to the TGA or the ACCC.

Quick Tips

  1. The advertisement MUST specify a particular product for an indication. (ie: Apis mellifica for Lupus)
  2. If no particular product is specified, but makes a claim to treat or cure serious illness, such as those listed below, you may still submit the complaint to the ACCC.

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Targeted Complaints

Homeopathic Advertisements may not claim to be “Completely Safe”, nor may they make representations that they may be effective in the treatment, cure, or prevention of:

  • Neoplastic,
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) – such as Herpes or Chlamydia
  • HIV AIDS and/or HCV, or
  • Mental illness – such as depression

nor (unless given approval) may they make a REFERENCE to:

  • Cardiovascular diseases – such as Coronary Heart Disease or Atherosclerosis
  • Dental and periodontal diseases – such as Cavities or Periodontal Disease
  • Diseases of joint, bone, or collagen – such as Rheumatic Disease or Osteoarthritis
  • Diseases of the eye or ear that likely to lead to blindness or deafness
  • Diseases of the liver, biliary system or pancreas – such as Hepatitis or Cirrhosis.
  • Endocrine diseases and conditions – such as diabetes and prostatic disease
  • Gastrointestinal diseases or disorders – such as Functional Colonic Disease (IBS) or Crohn’s Disease
  • Haematological diseases – such as Anemia or Sick-cell disease
  • Infectious diseases – such as the Common Cold
  • Immunological diseases – such as Lupus
  • Mental disturbances
  • Metabolic disorders – such as Muscular Dystrophy or Albinism
  • Musculo-skeletal diseases
  • Nervous system diseases
  • Poisoning, venomous bites and stings
  • Renal diseases
  • Respiratory diseases – such as Asthma
  • Skin diseases – such as Eczema
  • Substance dependence, or
  • Urogenital diseases and conditions

Claiming to be “Completely Safe” is in breach to the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2007, Section 4(2)(i).

Claiming to be a “Treatment” to the aforementioned is in breach of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, Section 42DL; and the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2007, Section 5.

Suggested Evidence

It is best to provide evidence to substantiate complaints against the claims by a homeopath. You should always included evidence of the advertisements, such as a screen-shot of the website.

Below are two sources that may be used to lend more weight to your complaint.

Edzard Ernst: A systematic review of systematic reviews of homeopathy.

UK House of Commons: Science and Technology Committee report ‘Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy.

If you choose to use the UK House of Commons report, be aware it is 275 pages – the TGA will request you to specify relevant sections.


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