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Lower regulatory approaches to registration
The APVMA is currently looking at ways to reduce regulatory burden on industry when submitting applications for the registration of agvet chemicals. The goal is to develop new and more efficient registration processes.
The following areas fall within the scope of this review:
- application profiling and registration pathways
- international assessments
- technical guidance
- contestable assessment services.
Two major projects have underpinned our thinking.
In 2013, the APVMA commissioned an independent consultant to investigate approaches and mechanisms used by contemporary regulators of agricultural and veterinary products. A key recommendation was to enhance our risk assessment framework, which included lighter touch approaches to regulate agricultural and veterinary chemicals.
In 2014, Professor Mark Burgman from the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) at the University of Melbourne was engaged to develop a risk assessment framework where the level of regulatory intervention is proportional to the risks associated with the application or chemical product.
The CEBRA work developed a mechanism for identifying those applications that pose a lower level of regulatory risk and can managed through an alternative pathway to the traditional ‘application’ system.
The APVMA has developed a plan for gradually introducing these alternate and more efficient pathways over the next two years, supported by funding allocated through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.
The APVMA will consult with a wide range of stakeholders throughout this review and all consultations will be made available on the APVMA website consultation page.
Feedback and comments
If you would like to provide feedback on this project, contact us at the details below:
Risk Framework Project Manager
Phone: +61 2 6210 4768
Fax: +61 2 6210 4776