Advisory Board Communiqué—26 July 2013

The APVMA advisory board met in Canberra on 26 July 2013.

Agricultural and veterinary chemical legislation

The meeting focussed on the implementation of the new agricultural and veterinary chemical legislation which comes into effect on 1 July 2014.

Board members were briefed on implementation of key elements of the new law including:

  • The pre-application assistance program which will provide upfront assistance to prospective applicants.
  • Changes to the registration application assessment and chemical review processes to ensure more transparent and timely decision making.
  • The re-registration and re-approval program for active constituents and formulated products.
  • The suite of compliance tools and enforcement powers.
  • The development of regulatory guidelines which will provide greater transparency in decision-making under the Agvet Code.

The Board also discussed the matters raised in the Four Corners' program of 22 July relating to spray drift and dioxins in chemicals. The Board stressed the importance of taking a scientific, evidence-based approach to protecting the health and safety of the Australian community in relation to these matters.

Other issues: consultative arrangements; nanotechnology regulation; enhanced information technology

The Board noted an announcement is expected shortly about future consultative arrangements for agricultural and veterinary chemical industries. The Board discussed options for consultative arrangements with the broader community and provided advice about ways to obtain community input on issues relevant to the APVMA including looking into existing social research, use of social media and technology, and developing appropriate networks and tools to tap into community-based expertise.

The Board received an update on the work the APVMA is doing on regulatory readiness for nanotechnology, including the progress of an international working group looking at a harmonised ecological risk assessment framework for nano-pesticides.

An update was also provided on the latest IT developments as well as a presentation that focussed on the APVMA Pesticides Program.

The next meeting is scheduled for 26 September 2013.

To protect your privacy, please do not include contact information in your feedback. If you would like a response, please contact us.