Performance statistics July–September 2016: Average decision time

The average decision time remained steady this quarter compared for both standard and extended timeframe applications.

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

Type of application Business item Standard applications (months) Extended applications (months)
Number finalised Average duration Assessment period Number finalised Average duration Assessment period
Products New product
(new active)
1 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
2 5 24.2 Variable (13.6*) 1 20.9 Variable (17.2*)
New product
(existing active)
3 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
4 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
5 3 10.2 8.0 5 11.4 12.0
6 1 17.2 8.0 1 10.1 12.0
7 20 1.9 3.0 4 4.2 5.0
8 20 1.6 3.0 11 4.3 5.0
9 N/A N/A 2.0 1 4.0 4.0
10 22 8.9 Variable (7.9*) 28 12.2 Variable (12.5*)
10A 11 1.5 2.0 N/A N/A N/A
Variations 11 N/A N/A 10.0 N/A N/A 15.0
12 49 1.9 3.0 6 4.7 5.0
13 3 1.6 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
13A 55 0.7 1.0 N/A N/A N/A
14 28 7.7 Variable (6.9*) 42 6.4 Variable (9.3*)
Actives 15 N/A N/A 14.0 N/A N/A 20.0
16 2 16.2 9.0 N/A N/A 13.0
17 76 4.8 7.0 8 6.3 11.0
18 24 6.4 7.0 3 9.2 11.0
Permits 19 3 2.0 3.0 1 3.4 5.0
20 42 2.5 3.0 7 6.6 5.0
21 34 6.4 Variable (4.7*) 5 8.8 Variable (8.2*)
22 15 0.9 Variable (3.8*) 3 4.3 Variable (9.4*)
23 19 3.3 Variable (3.9*) 5 5.6 Variable (7.6*)
112A 1 0.4 Variable (0.0*) N/A N/A Variable (N/A*)
Total     433 4.1 N/A 131 7.7 N/A

*See description of application types.

Table notes
  • 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.
  • N/A means no applications were finalised for that item in the reporting period.
  • Variable means some items have a variable legislated assessment period because they are modular in nature. Each 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 quarter. This average expected timeframe may change in each quarter depending on the nature of the applications being evaluated.
  • Decision time is calculated by subtracting the commencement date from the finalisation date and dividing by 30.417 to get the decision time in months.

Background

Average decision time is the average time taken to complete evaluations from commencement to finalisation. Average time is calculated by adding the decision times and dividing these by the number of applications in that category.

In 2016, the APVMA commissioned a report by an independent consultant to undertake an analysis of decision times prior to and after the implementation of the new legislation.

The assessment period for each application type and item number is set in the legislation—this is the standard decision time. However, there are two conditions which allow the APVMA to vary or extend the assessment period:

  • a change in the category of an application may be made once in the life of the application under section 70(b) of the Agvet Code
  • one extension of 1.33 times the original assessment period (rounded up) plus one month may be applied for under section 159 of the Agvet Code.

Pesticides: average duration (months) by item finalised July–September 2016 for all post 1 July 2014 applications

Type of application Business item Standard applications (months) Extended applications (months)
Number finalised Average duration Assessment period Number finalised Average duration Assessment period
Products New product
(new active)
1 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
2 N/A N/A Variable (N/A*) N/A N/A Variable (N/A*)
New product
(existing active)
3 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
4 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
5 3 10.2 8.0 4 10.8 12.0
6 1 17.2 8.0 1 10.1 12.0
7 20 1.9 3.0 4 4.2 5.0
8 20 1.6 3.0 8 4.6 5.0
9 N/A N/A 2.0 1 4.0 4.0
10 22 8.9 Variable (7.9*) 15 11.3 Variable (12.6*)
10A 4 1.6 Variable (2.0*) N/A N/A Variable (N/A)
Variations 11 N/A N/A 10.0 N/A N/A 15.0
12 37 1.8 3.0 4 5.4 5.0
13 2 2 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
13A 4 1.6 1.0 N/A N/A N/A
14 15 8.5 Variable (7.4*) 10 8.8 Variable (11.7*)
Permits 19 N/A N/A 3.0 1 3.4 5.0
20 33 2.1 3.0 6 6.9 5.0
21 32 6.7 Variable (5.0*) 3 8 Variable (7.0*)
22 13 1.0 Variable (3.9*) 3 4.3 Variable (9.4*)
23 12 4 Variable (5.0*) 3 4.1 Variable (7.3*)
112A N/A N/A Variable (0.0*) N/A N/A Variable (N/A*)
Total   215 4.0 N/A 63 7.7 N/A
Table notes
  • Applications for actives are not grouped by pesticides and veterinary medicines and therefore not included in the table.
  • N/A means no applications were finalised for that item in the reporting period.
  • Variable means some items have a variable legislated assessment period because they are modular in nature. Each 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 quarter. This average expected timeframe may change in each quarter depending on the nature of the applications being evaluated.

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

Type of application Business item Standard applications (months) Extended applications (months)
Number finalised Average duration Assessment period Number finalised Average duration Assessment period
Products New product/active 1 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
2 N/A N/A Variable (N/A*) 1 20.9 Variable (17.2*)
New product
(existing active)
3 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
4 N/A N/A 18.0 N/A N/A 25.0
5 N/A N/A 8.0 1 14 12.0
6 N/A N/A 8.0 N/A N/A 12.0
7 N/A N/A 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
8 N/A N/A 3.0 3 3 5.0
9 N/A N/A 2.0 N/A N/A 4.0
10 N/A N/A Variable (N/A*) 13 13.3 Variable (12.4*)
10A 7 1.4 Variable (2.0*) N/A N/A Variable (N/A)
Variations 11 N/A N/A 10.0 N/A N/A 15.0
12 12 2.3 3.0 2 3.4 5.0
13 1 0.9 3.0 N/A N/A 5.0
13A 54 0.7 1.0 N/A N/A N/A
14 13 6.7 Variable (6.3*) 32 5.6 Variable (8.6*)
Permits 19 3 2.0 3 N/A N/A 5.0
20 9 4.1 3.0 1 4.8 5.0
21 2 2.2 Variable (1.0*) 2 9.9 Variable (10.0*)
22 2 0.5 Variable (3.5*) N/A N/A Variable (N/A*)
23 7 2.2 Variable (2.0*) 2 8 Variable (8.0*)
112A 1 0.4 Variable (1.0*) N/A N/A Variable (N/A*)
Total   112 2.0 N/A 58 7.8 N/A
Table notes
  • Applications for actives are not grouped by pesticides and veterinary medicines and therefore not included in the table.
  • N/A means no applications were finalised for that item in the reporting period.
  • Variable means some items have a variable legislated assessment period because they are modular in nature. Each 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 quarter. This average expected timeframe may change in each quarter depending on the nature of the applications being evaluated.

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