In August 2012, the APVMA was made aware that dichlorvos products continue to be supplied into the marketplace accompanied by instructions for use that do not comply with the findings of the dichlorvos review.
In March 2013, we suspended the use of six dichlorvos products based on their potential risk to worker occupational health and safety, and published a summary report outlining the work that led to this suspension action. The suspension has since encompassed one more product, but released one product that complies with the regulatory decision of 2011.
In February 2014, the suspension period was extended for an additional 12 months, as the concerns that formed the basis of the original suspension of label approvals and product registrations have not altered for these products.
In January 2015, we took action to remove the grain protection use from suspended product labels as our concerns had not been addressed. This resulted in the cancellation of registrations of the two 1140 EC products, the cancellation of one 500 EC product, and the variation of the remaining product labels, which now can only be used to control European wasps.
The phase out for the grain protection use will run to 2 March 2015 to coincide with the expiry of the suspension permit PER14075, and the end of the 2014-15 grain harvest season to enable growers to use any remaining stocks of dichlorvos.