Australia

Code Compliance in Australia

On 8 November 2013 the Australian government ceased the functions of the Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula (APMAIF) which included investigating complaints regarding the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formulas: Manufacturers and Importers Agreement 1992 (MAIF Agreement).

In 2014 the Infant Nutrition Council established an alternate MAIF Complaints Tribunal in collaboration with the Department of Health and key stakeholders. The new tribunal is independent of Industry, and managed by The Ethics Centre.

On 18 December 2014 the Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, stated that this tribunal “meets Australia’s obligations under the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (WHO Code)”.

The Department of Health receives all complaints and refers in-scope complaints to the MAIF Tribunal. For information about how to make a complaint click here.

Terms of Reference for the  MAIF Tribunal can be downloaded here.

The MAIF Tribunal Annual Report 2014-15 can be downloaded here.