We may be contacted during business hours 9.00am to 5.00pm (AET) at 1800 653 373
Why do we collect, hold, use and disclose personal information?
We collect, hold, use and disclose personal information for the following purposes:
- To be able to process and investigate complaints about products and services,
- To collect information about suspected adverse events which need critical analysis to ensure patient safety and
- as is reasonably necessary and convenient for our business’ functions and activities.
Unless otherwise provided by law, we will not collect, hold, use or disclose sensitive information without your consent.
If you would like to access any of our services on an anonymous basis or by using a pseudonym, please tell us. However, we will require you to identify yourself if:
- we are required by law to deal with individuals who have identified themselves; or
- it is impracticable for us to deal with you if you do not identify yourself or elect to use a pseudonym.
Please be aware that your request to be anonymous or to use a pseudonym may affect our ability to provide you with the requested goods and/or services.
What kind of personal information do we collect and use?
The nature and extent of personal information that we collect varies depending on your particular interaction with us and the nature of our functions and activities.
Personal information that we commonly collect, hold, use and disclose could include your name, position, date of birth, current address, facsimile numbers, email address, telephone numbers, next of kin, tax file number, education details, Australian Business Number, bank details, business references, financial details, details about your business, drivers licence number and preferred means of contact, professional credentials, hobbies and interests. We also may collect data relating to suspected adverse events as follows: age, weight, medication use, allergies or sensitivities to foods and ingredients, medical condition, doctor or pharmacist details.
How do we collect and hold personal information?
Where possible, we will collect personal information directly from you. We collect information through various means, including interviews, phone calls, appointments, forms and questionnaires (whether in hardcopy or electronic format, including information submitted via our website or other electronic means). If you feel that the information that we are requesting, either on our forms or in our discussions with you, is not information that you wish to provide, please feel free to raise this with us.
In some situations we may also obtain personal information about you from a third party source. If we collect information about you in this way, we will take reasonable steps to contact you and ensure that you are aware of the purposes for which we are collecting your personal information and the organisations to which we may disclose your information, subject to any exceptions under the Privacy Act.
Our internet service provider may record details of visits to our site and when visiting our site your visit may be logged and the following information may be collected:
- your server address, domain name and browser type;
- the date and time of your visit to the site;
- the pages accessed and the documents downloaded;
- the previous website visited;
- your operating system; and
- the links you followed from other sites to get to our site.
The information listed above will only be used by us internally for statistical and research purposes.
When do we use and disclose your personal information?
We will only use and disclose your personal information:
- if we get your consent; or
- Therapeutic Goods Administration and/or overseas companies who are required by law to collect details related to suspected adverse events.
- Trade customers in relation to suspected adverse events.
- your referees;
- your former employers;
- credit agencies;
- our professional advisors, including our accountants, auditors and lawyers;
- our Related Entities and Related Bodies Corporate (as those terms are defined in the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)); and
- our contractors and suppliers.
We will only use or disclose your personal information for the purposes of direct marketing if:
- we collected the information from you;
- it is reasonable in the circumstances to expect that we would use or disclose the information for direct marketing purposes;
- we provide you with a simple means to ‘opt-out’ of direct marketing communications from us; and
- you have not elected to ‘opt-out’ from receiving such direct marketing communications from us.
Do we send information overseas?
It is likely that we will disclose personal information to overseas recipients as required by law in relation to suspected adverse events.
The countries in which overseas recipients of personal information are located includes:
- United States of America
- United Kingdom
If we disclose personal information to overseas recipients, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that such recipients do not breach the Privacy Act and the APPs unless:
- we believe that the overseas recipient is subject to a law that has the same effect of protecting personal information in a way that, overall, is at least substantially similar to the way in which the Privacy Act and the APPs protect personal information and there are mechanisms available for you to access to take action to enforce that protection of law; or
- we obtain your express consent to the disclosure of personal information to overseas recipients.
Access to and correction of your personal information
You have a right to access your personal information.
We are not obliged to allow access to your personal information if:
- we reasonably believe that giving access would pose a serious threat to the life, health or safety of any individual, or to public health or public safety;
- giving access would have an unreasonable impact on the privacy of other individuals;
- the request for access is frivolous or vexatious;
- the information relates to existing or anticipated legal proceedings between you and us and would not ordinarily be accessible by the discovery process in such proceedings;
- giving access would reveal our intentions in relation to negotiations with you in a way that would prejudice those negotiations;
- giving access would be unlawful;
- denying access is required or authorised by or under an Australian law or a court/tribunal order;
- we have reason to suspect that unlawful activity, or misconduct of a serious nature relating to our functions or activities has been, is being or may be engaged in and giving access would be likely to prejudice the taking of appropriate action in relation to the matter;
- giving access would be likely to prejudice one or more enforcement related activities conducted by, or on behalf of, an enforcement body; or
- giving access would reveal internal evaluative information in connection with a commercially sensitive decision-making process.
We will also take reasonable steps to correct personal information to ensure that, having regard to the purpose for which it is held, it is accurate, up-to-date, complete, relevant and not misleading if:
- we are satisfied the information is inaccurate, out-of-date, incomplete, irrelevant or misleading, having regard to a purpose for which it is held; or
- you request us to correct the information.
If you make a request for access to or correction of personal information, we will:
- respond to your request within a reasonable period; and
- if reasonable and practicable, give access to or correct the information in the manner requested.
If we refuse to give access to the personal information because of an exception or in the manner requested by you, we will give you a written notice that sets out at a minimum:
- our reasons for the refusal (to the extent it is reasonable to do so); and
- the mechanisms available to complain about the refusal.
If we refuse a request to correct personal information, we will:
- give you a written notice setting out the reasons for the refusal and how you may make a complaint; and
- take reasonable steps to associate a statement with personal information it refuses to correct.
We reserve the right to charge you reasonable expenses for providing access or making a correction to personal information, for example, a fee for photocopying any information requested by you.
Integrity of your personal information
We will take reasonable steps to:
- ensure that the personal information that we collect is accurate, up to date and complete;
- ensure that the personal information that we hold, use or disclose is, with regard to the relevant purpose, accurate, up to date, complete and relevant; and
- secure your personal information.
We will take reasonable steps to protect personal information from:
- misuse, interference and loss; and
- unauthorised access, modification or disclosure.
We will take reasonable steps to destroy or de-identify personal information that we hold if we no longer need the information for the primary purpose for which the information was collected and we are not otherwise required by law to retain the information.
If you would like to make a complaint about the way we collect, use, disclose, store or administer your personal information, or otherwise consider there may be a breach of the Privacy Act or the APPs, you may lodge a complaint by contacting our Privacy Officer.
All complaints will be treated seriously and dealt with promptly. The Privacy Officer will outline the complaints process and promptly address any privacy concerns you may raise.
You may also make a complaint directly to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) online, by mail, fax or email. Please visit the OAIC website at http://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy/making-a-privacy-complaint for more information.
How to contact us
If you would like more information on privacy or have any questions in relation to this policy please contact us on 1800 653 373 during business hours (AET) and ask for the Privacy Officer.