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The voluntary recall of registered agvet chemical products may be proposed or undertaken by a manufacturer or supplier at any time for a variety of reasons. A voluntary recall should be considered as a risk mitigation activity. It may occur in response to an identified manufacturing quality or other issue related to specific batches of a chemical product.
It is important to notify the APVMA of any issue concerning product quality and compliance. Product registrants and manufacturers have responsibilities for product stewardship. However, not all voluntary recalls represent noncompliance with statutory requirements. When we receive a recall notification we will assess the risk and provide prompt advice about your responsibilities. We are always happy to assist you and if we do not need to stay involved we will let you know.
We encourage the reporting of potential voluntary recalls to us as soon as a problem is identified. Prompt reporting demonstrates a high level of product stewardship.
The APVMA may issue recall notices under the Agvet Code. This is a step we may take where we consider there is a need for our intervention based on risk, noncompliance with Agvet legislation or an absence of responsible product stewardship. We have powers to compel persons to take actions to manage risk and control products including stopping supply.