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Regulatory Science Network
There are nine government agencies and departments responsible for the regulation of chemicals and biological agents in Australia, including the APVMA.
In 2011 the Regulatory Science Network (RSN) was established to help forge closer ties between these bodies.
The RSN provides a forum for scientists and technical staff to discuss regulatory scientific issues and improve interagency cooperation.
Its overarching objective is to help improve the performance of regulatory agencies by strengthening evidence-based decision-making. It seeks to do this by:
- improving the quality and consistency of regulatory science
- fostering collaboration and sharing scientific knowledge and experience between agencies
- contributing to regulatory science issues, including regulatory science advocacy
Members of the RSN meet at least four times each year to consider approaches to risk analysis and to plan a range of activities in accordance with the RSN Charter. These include joint agency seminars, interagency workshops, symposia and conference presentations.
Current members of the RSN are:
- Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
- Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
- Australian Government Department of the Environment
- Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
- Food Standards Australia New Zealand
- National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme
- Office of Chemical Safety, Department of Health
- Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
- Therapeutic Goods Administration