Accepted international data and standards

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) will consider data in accordance with a range of different guidelines and standards.


We will consider data generated according to the following international guidelines where relevant:

  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) test guidelines
  • International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (VICH) test guidelines
  • Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for data generation
  • Test guidelines published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for plant protection (pesticide) products, the EU Biocidal Products Regulations, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for veterinary medicine products and the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA)
  • European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) standards for the efficacy evaluation of plant protection products

See our lists of adopted international data guidance. Applicants must provide data consistent with our data guidelines.


We accept the following international standards for use in our assessments:

  • Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) standards and specifications for pesticide active constituents and associated products
  • European, British and US pharmacopeial standards for veterinary active and non-active constituents

We will consider other international standards on a case-by-case basis but will continue to establish Australian-specific maximum residue limits (MRLs) and health-based guidance values, including acceptable daily intakes (ADIs) and acute reference doses (ARfD).

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