Manufacturing

The Agvet Code requires all veterinary chemical products manufactured within Australia to be manufactured in licensed premises, unless those chemical products are listed, reserved or exempt

Manufacturers’ Licensing Scheme

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) administers the Manufacturers’ Licensing Scheme to manage the issue of licenses to manufacture veterinary chemical products and the ongoing maintenance of these licenses. The list of licensed Australian manufacturers of veterinary medicines includes the authorised licence category and steps of manufacture.

The APVMA defines the term ‘manufacturing’ as any step in the creation, production or distribution process of veterinary chemical products. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • quality assurance (QA) of raw materials and/or packaging materials
  • formulation and blending
  • assembling
  • packaging
  • labelling
  • storage associated with the manufacturing process
  • sterilising and microbiological reduction
  • analysis and testing
  • release from manufacture for supply or sale.

The APVMA operates an Overseas Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Scheme, which applies to overseas manufacturers of intermediate or finished products supplied into Australia. This means products manufactured outside Australia are required to comply with GMP standards equivalent to those applied to Australian manufacturers.

Assessment of compliance with GMP

Timeframe after final audit report received by APVMA

FY 2020–21

FY 2021–22

<3 months

53

85

3 to 6 months

7

30

6 to 9 months

0

2

>9 months

0

0

Total

60

117

Certificates

Certificate type

FY 2020–21

FY 2021–22

Export

82

34

EC-MRA

12

18

Total

94

52

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