Average decision time

Average decision time is the average time taken to complete evaluations from commencement to finalisation. Decision time is calculated by subtracting the commencement date from the finalisation date and dividing by 30.4 to get the decision time in months. Average time is calculated by adding the decision times and dividing these by the number of applications in that category. See more information on interpreting average decision time.

To ensure clear and consistent reporting under the new legislation, the table below shows the average decision times by item for applications received post 1 July 2014. Applications received prior to this time have different conditions for calculating timeframe performance which are only partially comparable to the newer applications.

Applications are given a set time frame for completion based on the type and item number of the application; this is the standard timeframe. Applications may be extended under certain conditions; this is the extended timeframe.

The below tables show the average duration for applications received from 1 July 2014 is close to the legislated assessment periods. 

The average decision time is less than the legislated period for actives (items 17 and 18) and the majority of permit applications.

The following tables show the average decision time by item (in total) and then by pesticides and veterinary medicines.

Average duration (months) by item finalised between July 2015 – June 2016 for all post 1 July 2014 applications

Type of application

Item

Standard (months)

Extended (months)

Actual average duration

Legislated assessment period

Actual average duration

Legislated assessment period

Products

New product/active

1

N/A* 18.0 N/A 25.0

2

9.8 Variable (12.5*) 12.9 Variable (14.7*)

New product (existing active)

3

N/A 18.0 N/A 25.0

4

N/A 18.0 N/A 25.0

5

9.0 8.0 15.0 12.0

6

14.1 8.0 12.2 12.0

7

3.7 3.0 7.6 5.0

8

3.2 3.0 4.5 5.0

9

4.1 2.0 3.9 4.0

10

8.3 Variable (7.4*) 8.6 Variable (8.8*)

10A

2.1 Variable (2.0*) N/A Variable (N/A*)

Variations

11

13.7 10.0 21.7 15.0

12

3.3 3.0 6.4 5.0

13

2.2 3.0 N/A 5.0

13A

0.8 1.0 N/A N/A

14

7.2 Variable (6.7*) 10.3 Variable (10.8*)

Actives

15

N/A 14.0 N/A 20.0

16

10.7 9.0 N/A 13.0

17

6.9 7.0 10.0 11.0

18

5.6 7.0 10.5 11.0

Permits

19

2.3 3.0 2.6 5.0

20

2.4 3.0 4.2 5.0

21

5.2 Variable (5.0*) 9.3 Variable(8.8*)

22

1.1 Variable (2.9*) N/A Variable

23

3.3 Variable (4.1*) 7.4 Variable (7.1*)

112A

0.5 Variable (0.0*) N/A Variable

N/A – no applications were received for that item in the reporting period.

* Some items have a variable legislated assessment period because they are modular in nature. Each individual application will have a different expected duration. The figure in brackets after the variable text show the average expected timeframe for these items in this reporting period. This average expected timeframe may change each reporting period, depending on the nature of the applications evaluated by the APVMA.

Pesticides—average duration (months) by item finalised between July 2015 – June 2016 for all post 1 July applications

Type of application

Item

Standard (months)

Extended (months)

Actual average duration

Legislated assessment period

Actual average duration

Legislated assessment period

Products

New product/active

1

N/A 18.0 N/A 25.0

2

9.8 Variable (8.2*) 16.8 Variable (17.2*)

New product (existing active)

3

N/A 18.0 N/A 25.0

4

N/A 18.0 N/A 25.0

5

9.0 8.0 15.0 12.0

6

14.1 8.0 12.9 12.0

7

3.6 3.0 7.3 5.0

8

3.2 3.0 4.4 5.0

9

4.1 2.0 N/A 4.0

10

8.1 Variable (7.3*) 8.1 Variable (8.4*)

10A

2.3 Variable (2.0) N/A Variable (N/A)

Variations

11

13.7 10.0 21.7 15.0

12

3.6 3.0 6.8 5.0

13

2.3 3.0 N/A 5.0

13A

N/A 1.0 N/A N/A

14

7.2 Variable (6.4*) 12.1 Variable (11.9*)

Permits

19

2.8 3.0 N/A 5.0

20

2.4 3.0 N/A 5.0

21

5.1 Variable (4.9*) 9.1 Variable(8.6*)

22

1.0 Variable (2.7*) N/A Variable (N/A)

23

3.4 Variable (2.9*) 11.1 Variable (8.4*)

112A

0.2 Variable (0.0*) N/A Variable (N/A)

Note: Active applications are not grouped by pesticides and veterinary medicines and are therefore not included in the above table. 

N/A – no applications were received for that item in the reporting period.

* Some items have a variable legislated assessment period because they are modular in nature. Each individual application will have a different expected duration. The figure in brackets after the variable text show the average expected timeframe for these items in this reporting period. This average expected timeframe may change each reporting period, depending on the nature of the applications evaluated by the APVMA.

Veterinary medicines—average duration (months) by item finalised between July 2015 – June 2016 for all post 1 July applications

Type of application

Item

Standard (months)

Extended (months)

Actual average duration

Legislated assessment period

Actual average duration

Legislated assessment period

Products

New product/active

1

N/A 18.0 N/A 25.0

2

N/A Variable (N/A) N/A Variable (N/A)

New product (existing active)

3

N/A 18.0 N/A 25.0

4

N/A 18.0 N/A 25.0

5

N/A 8.0 N/A 12.0

6

N/A 8.0 11.3 12.0

7

6.0 3.0 10.0 5.0

8

2.8 3.0 4.5 5.0

9

N/A 2.0 3.9 4.0

10

10.3 Variable (8.7*) 13.2 Variable (12.6*)

10A

1.6 Variable (2.0*) N/A Variable (N/A)

Variations

11

N/A 10.0 N/A 15.0

12

2.3 3.0 3.0 5.0

13

1.8 3.0 N/A 5.0

13A

0.8 1.0 N/A N/A

14

7.2 Variable (6.8*) 9.0 Variable (10.0*)

Permits

19

1.9 3.0 2.6 5.0

20

2.5 3.0 4.2 5.0

21

7.2 Variable (5.8*) 10.6 Variable (10.6*)

22

1.3 Variable (5.1*) N/A Variable (N/A)

23

3.2 Variable (5.7*) 4.8 Variable (6.3*)

112A

1.0 Variable (0.0*) N/A Variable (N/A)

Note: Active applications are not grouped by pesticides and veterinary medicines and are therefore not included in the above table.

N/A – no applications were received for that item in the reporting period.

* Some items have a variable legislated assessment period because they are modular in nature. Each individual application will have a different expected duration. The figure in brackets after the variable text show the average expected timeframe for these items in this reporting period. This average expected timeframe may change each reporting period, depending on the nature of the applications evaluated by the APVMA. 

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