Compliance and monitoring function

The following information relates to the APVMA’s Compliance and Monitoring function. The performance of our compliance and monitoring function is detailed in the APVMA annual report

Compliance statistics

The APVMA regularly undertakes compliance and enforcement activities to ensure that pesticides and veterinary medicines available for use in Australia comply with national legislation and do not harm humans, animals, and the environment or risk Australia’s trade. The APVMA has developed and published the Annual Compliance Plan to conduct proactive compliance and monitoring activities during the financial year.

It is our policy to not comment on matters currently under investigation. When matters are finalised a summary of the investigation and its outcome is published below.

We have taken a range of compliance actions for products that are both unregistered and registered products, as well as those that are exempt and in relation to advertising and claims. A summary of the investigations conducted is provided below.

Summary of investigations

 

FY2018–19

FY2019 to date

Allegations received

200

53

Notices to Produce or Attend issued

2

0

Monitoring Warrants

1

0

Investigative Warrants

3

0

Voluntary recalls

10

3

Compulsory recalls

1

0

Requests to Australian Border Force to apply Customs Act 1901

16

2

Formal warnings issued

4

2

Infringement Notices issued and value

5 issued
(4—Landmark ($28,000) and 1—Spick N Clean ($5,000))

Total: $33,000

0

Enforceable Directions issued

1

0

Enforceable Undertakings

0

0

Cases closed

212

50

Cases remaining open and risk levels

73 cases 

51 are medium to high risk and are currently under investigation.

Investigation warrants

State

Contravention of the Agvet Code

Date

Western Australia

s121, s78

March 2019

New South Wales

s130B, s78, s88

March 2019

New South Wales

s75, s78, s88

May 2019

New South Wales

s146, s26, s83

May 2019

Monitoring powers

State

Summary

Date

Western Australia

A monitoring warrant was executed to obtain chemical samples of 2,4-D herbicide to establish compliance with s79 and s83 of the Agvet Code. Testing confirmed transesterification.

This matter is closed.

December 2018

Recalls

The APVMA may issue recall notices under the Agvet Code. This step may be taken when we consider there is a need for intervention based on risk, noncompliance with Agvet legislation, or an absence of responsible product stewardship. To be notified of recalls via email, please complete a subscription form and select recall notices.

Education

Program/visit

State

Summary

Tamworth/Coffs Harbour

NSW

Investigators from the Compliance and Monitoring Team conducted proactive visits in Tamworth and Coffs Harbour between 29 and 30 May 2019. Officers engaged with agricultural suppliers regarding the labelling requirements of agvet products. Products were found to be compliant, and during these checks it was highlighted how adverse experiences (including spray drift) can be reported to the APVMA, and they were encouraged to use the AERP online portal.

AgQuip

NSW

Investigators from the Compliance and Monitoring Team attended the AgQuip Agricultural Field Day, between 20 and 22 August 2019. Officers engaged with agricultural suppliers and members of the public regarding; spray drift, annual compliance plan, and the Adverse Experience Reporting Program.

Henty

NSW

Investigators from the Compliance and Monitoring Team attended the Henty Agricultural Field Day, between 16 and 19 September 2019. Officers engaged with agricultural suppliers and members of the public regarding; spray drift, annual compliance plan, and the Adverse Experience Reporting Program.

 

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