Chemical review priorities

4 December 2015

The APVMA has completed reprioritising its list of chemicals nominated for review to ensure it is continuing to target the highest risk chemicals.

Reprioritisation process

In 2014, the APVMA commenced a process of re-evaluating its Priority Candidate Review List (PCRL). This process involved a re-examination of the issues associated with the original nomination of each chemical using key criteria including efficacy, trade, environment, public health, worker safety, reported incidents and adverse effects, international regulatory decisions and completeness of data holdings.

In November 2014, the APVMA convened a two-day workshop in Canberra to discuss its re-evaluation with the Department of the Environment, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture, Food Standards Australia New Zealand and State Co-ordinators from New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. The workshop concluded that a number of chemicals no longer required a formal review because:

  1. contemporary information indicated that the original concerns are no longer valid
  2. regulatory changes implemented outside of the review process have addressed the original concerns
  3. alternative non-review mechanisms can address the concerns.

The workshop proposed a consolidated list of 25 chemicals split across 19 reviews, with some reviews involving multiple chemicals (eg dithiocarbamates).

Following the workshop, the APVMA sought stakeholder input through a publication consultation process (April – June 2015) to build a clearer Australia-wide picture of the relevant issues and concerns associated with the chemicals. The process also built a contacts base of stakeholders with technical or subject matter expertise who could contribute to the reviews.

Stakeholders provided information that helped prioritise the proposed reviews and assisted in defining their scope, such as current Australian use patterns and agricultural practices.

A detailed background paper on the reprioritisation process is available at Background to the Chemical Review Reprioritisation Process.

See a list of the chemicals nominated for review.

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