Regulatory operations

Compliance with the legislation

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has a range of powers within the legislation it administers to control chemical products, including their import, manufacture, and export. The legislation also provides powers for the APVMA to issue recall notices, investigate, and take enforcement action.

The APVMA conducts investigations and takes enforcement action in alignment with its existing policies and guidelines. When matters are finalised, the APVMA publishes outcomes of investigations. You can sign up to be notified via email of compliance and enforcement outcomes.

Relevant legislation

The Admin Act contains legislation that relates to the control of the importation, manufacture, and exportation of chemicals as well as investigative and enforcement powers.

The Agvet Code contains sections that relate to the control of chemical products, recall notices, investigative powers, and enforcement.

Adverse Experience Reporting Program

The Adverse Experience Reporting Program (AERP) is a post-registration program that assesses reports of adverse experiences associated with the use of a registered chemical product (or those on permit).

Assessment, Investigation and Monitoring

The functions we use in conducting compliance and enforcement activities.

Chemical review

The review process and background information.


These guidelines explain how we exercise enforcement powers under Agvet legislation.

Hormonal growth promotants (HGPs)

Information about the supply and reporting obligations of HGPs.

Levy audit program

Information about the APVMA levy audit program.


How to apply for a manufacturing licence – includes details of the licensing process, application fees, our audit process and how to comply with the Australian codes of Good Manufacturing Practice.


Information about the post-authorisation activities we undertake to monitor compliance.


Information about voluntary and compulsory recalls.

Report a problem with a chemical or product

If you have a problem with a chemical or product you can report it.

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