Which products/chemicals require registration

The regulatory framework for managing agvet chemical products in Australia is the National Registration Scheme for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals.

Under the scheme, the APVMA is responsible for the assessment and approval or registration of active constituents and agvet chemical products and for their regulation up to and including the point of retail sale in Australia.

Before an agvet chemical product can be legally supplied, sold or used in Australia it must be registered by the APVMA, unless it is exempt from the registration requirement.

For farmers, food producers, the chemical industry and the general public, registration means that the product can be supplied or sold, and used safely according to the label directions.

Every year, hundreds of new agvet chemical products are developed for the Australian marketplace. Many will need to be registered by the APVMA.

The laws that underpin agvet product registration are complex. It is important that anyone wanting to develop or market a new product has a good understanding of the rules that determine whether or not the product needs to be registered.

There are severe penalties for anyone selling an unregistered agvet product in the Australian marketplace if it is required by law to be registered.

Does my veterinary product need to be registered?

To help you work out if your veterinary product needs registration, we have developed some resources to guide you through the regulatory requirements.

Does my agricultural product need to be registered?

To help you work out if your agricultural chemical product needs registration, we have developed some resources to guide you through the regulatory requirements.

Changes to stockfeed and petfood regulation

From 5 March 2015, stock feed and pet food which meet specified requirements no longer require registration with the APVMA.

END product FAQs

Your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding END products answered.

Novel products

New or novel products are usually, but not always, subject to a full assessment against all stipulated statutory criteria.

Arrangements for products of low regulatory concern

The registration process for products of low regulatory concern may be simpler.

Exemptions

In some circumstances, we may exempt chemical products from possession and supply offences outlined in the Agvet Code. See current approved exemptions.

Substances not permitted for use on food-producing animals in Australia

These substances have not been registered for use in food-producing animals in Australia.

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