APVMA basics

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is the Australian Government regulator of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical products.

For an agvet chemical product to legally be manufactured, imported, supplied, sold or used in Australia, it must be registered by the APVMA—unless exempt by the Agvet Code. The registration process involves scientifically evaluating the safety and efficacy (effectiveness) of a product in order to protect the health and safety of people, animals, plants and the environment.

The APVMA regulates agvet products up to—and including—the point of retail sale.

Agvet chemicals—whether used by farmers, pest controllers, veterinarians or other home or professional users—are regulated by the APVMA. This includes:

  • agricultural chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, biocides, insecticides and seed treatments
  • veterinary chemicals such as medicines, antibiotics, hormonal treatments and some stockfeeds and petfoods, and
  • other chemicals such as insect repellents, garden sprays and pool chemicals.

The APVMA regulates these chemicals and products up to—and including—the point of retail sale.  

What we regulate

Agvet chemicals and products regulated by the APVMA.

What we don't regulate

Activities—and products—outside the legislated responsibilities of the APVMA and what agvet products are exempt from registration.

How we regulate

Activities the APVMA undertakes to protect health and safety—including scientific assessments, managing registrations, monitoring compliance and undertaking enforcement actions.

Our structure

Our executive team and program areas.

Our boards and committees

The advisory boards and committees of the APVMA.

APVMA cost recovery arrangements

Current approach and background to APVMA cost recovery arrangements.

Acronyms and glossary

Words, terms and acronyms used by the APVMA.

Other information

Other information about the APVMA and how it operates.

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