Fenthion Chemical Review - 7. Consultation

Review Process Workflow

Click on one of these tabs for more information about that phase in the review process. For more information about how each phase is conducted, please read the reconsideration process.

Work Plan Information

Nomination Reason: Environment, Human health, Occupational health and safety, Residues, Toxicity
Chemical Fenthion
Reconsideration Assessment Period N/A
Scope The review of fenthion has been conducted in two parts. Part 1 considers the active constituent fenthion and products that are used in non-food producing situations. Part 2 considers fenthion products used on food-producing plants and animals.
Work plan release date
Work plan revision date

Review process phases

Phase Phase status Link
Phase status: 
In progress


Preliminary review findings on the reconsideration of fenthion

The APVMA is reconsidering the approvals, registrations and product labels associated with the insecticide fenthion. The scope of this review was to assess the toxicological, occupational health and safety, residues and dietary exposure and environmental risks associated with the approvals and registrations for fenthion.

The APVMA invites comment on the fenthion Preliminary Review Findings Report (PDF, 354kb) | (DOC, 90kb) from 22 May 2014 to 22 August 2014.

Assessment of available data concluded that the use of products containing fenthion may, in most situations, pose undue risks to human health (via dietary and occupational exposure) and the environment. The APVMA proposes the following regulatory actions to manage these risks:

  • cancellation of the cattle lice control product
  • cancellation of all pest control and home garden products except fenthion 1% dust
  • variation of the label of the fenthion 1% dust product to update the safety directions and to delete use in ceilings, wall spaces and crawl spaces
  • variation of the label of the horticultural product to update the safety directions and warnings and to delete all horticultural uses except post-harvest dipping of tropical and subtropical inedible peel fruits.

Comments on this report will be assessed by the APVMA (and partner agencies where required) prior to finalisation of the review.

The fenthion Preliminary Review Findings Report summarises the findings of the technical assessments of the toxicology, occupational health and safety, residues and dietary (both horticultural uses and veterinary uses) and environmental risks arising from the use of fenthion. These technical assessments are available in full from resources section of the Assessments page of the fenthion review.

Invitation for submissions

The APVMA invites written submissions on the preliminary review findings from industry and other interested parties. Claims made in submissions should be supported wherever possible by referencing or including relevant data or publicly available information such as published reports, studies, research findings etc.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the APVMA's website, unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence.

Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents, who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence, should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment to the submission. A request made under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Commonwealth) for a submission marked 'confidential' to be made available will be determined in accordance with that Act. More information on making a submission is detailed within the preliminary review findings report.

Email your written submissions to chemicalreview@apvma.gov.au. We prefer emailed submissions. However, hardcopy submissions (or files on digital media) can be sent to:

Manager, Fenthion Review
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
PO Box 6182
Kingston ACT 2604


Preliminary review findings for part 2: Food producing uses and revised OHS recommendations for PART 1: non-food producing uses
22 May 2014
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Chemical Review
Phone: +61 2 6210 4749
Fax: +61 2 6210 4776
Email: chemicalreview@apvma.gov.au