Summary to come

9 November 2017
2017 Public Statement released

This Statement contains NHMRC’s recommendation on community water fluoridation, and a range within which NHMRC supports states and territories fluoridating their drinking water supplies. It reflects the latest evidence and replaces the 2007 NHMRC Public Statement .

4 July to 3 August 2017
Public consultation on draft 2017 Public Statement

The Australian community was given the opportunity to participate in how NHMRC develops and disseminates its health advice, by ensuring that the Public Statement is appropriately presented and that the recommendation is clearly justified. Non-confidential submissions are available on the NHMRC Public Consultations website.

November 2016 to June 2017
Drafting of the 2017 Public Statement

At its meeting on 16 March 2017, the Council of NHMRC advised that NHMRC should update the NHMRC Public Statement: The Efficacy and Safety of Fluoridation 2007 to reflect the recent review of the evidence and the Information Paper - Water fluoridation: dental and other human health outcomes

4 July 2017
Information Paper released

Information Paper - Water fluoridation: dental and other human health outcomes presents the key findings of the evidence reviewed and assesses how relevant these findings are for Australia.

7 February to 7 March 2017
Expert review of the Information Paper

Expert review of the Information Paper.

14 September to 13 October 2016
Public consultation on draft Information Paper

The Australian community was given the opportunity to participate in how NHMRC develops health advice and submit studies on the dental and other human health effects of water fluoridation. Non-confidential submissions are available on the NHMRC Public Consultations website.

14 September 2016
Findings of the evidence evaluation published

Findings of the evidence evaluation published are published in:

May to August 2016
Drafting of the Information Paper – Water fluoridation: dental and other human health outcomes

This paper summarise the findings of the evidence evaluation and assesses how relevant these findings are for Australia.

Early 2016
Evidence evaluation completed

A comprehensive review of the evidence was completed in early 2016. This work started in mid-2014 on the advice of the NHMRC Fluoride Reference Group.

Public call for evidence
23 July to 22 August 2014

In this call for evidence the Australian community was invited to submit published studies to be evaluated as part of the evidence evaluation, namely for the systematic review on other health effects (excluding dental effects).

May 2014
Fluoride Reference Group established

This committee was selected to ensure appropriate expertise in the key areas of science and review methodology to enable an evidence based assessment of the health effects of water fluoridation. The committee comprised highly‑regarded experts in the fields of public health, oral health, epidemiology, child health, toxicology, cancer, bone biology, neurodevelopment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, water management and health ethics.