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

FY2019–20

Allegations received

200

280

Referred for prosecution 0 2

Notices to Produce or Attend issued

2

3

Monitoring Warrants

1

0

Investigative Warrants

4

0

Manufacturer-initiated recalls

11

13

APVMA-initiated recalls

1

18

Requests to Australian Border Force to apply Customs Act 1901

16

29

Formal warnings issued

4

9

Infringement Notices issued and value

5 issued, total: $33,000


4: Landmark ($28,000)

1: Spick N Clean ($5,000)

2 issued, total $42,000

 

1: Animal Health Supplies ($26,250)
1: Stotras Pty Ltd ($15,750)

Enforceable Directions issued

1

0

Enforceable Undertakings

0

0

Cases closed

212

174

Cases remaining open and risk levels

106 cases.


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

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

Supplier audit

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 Field Day

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.

Supplier audits NSW Inspectors from the Compliance and Monitoring Team conducted audits of HGP Suppliers in Tamworth, Armidale, Guyra and Glen Innes between during August and November 2019. Inspectors highlighted the National HGP Control and Monitoring System, the role of the APVMA, record keeping and reporting requirements.
Regulator Spray Drift Workshop NSW Staff from the APVMA attended the New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency (NSW EPA) regulator spray drift workshop in Dubbo on 6 and 7 November 2019. Presentations covered spray drift, chemical review, compliance and the Adverse Experience Reporting Program. Adverse experience reports can be made through the AERP online portal.
Northern Downs Spray Forum QLD Staff from the APVMA attended the Northern Downs Spray Forum and Brigalow Growers Group Forum in Inverai, Queensland between 26 and 27 November 2019. Officers engaged and presented to more than 100 attendees including regulators, growers, manufacturers and retailers regarding spray drift, residues, chemical review, compliance and the Adverse Experience Reporting Program. Adverse experience reports can be made through the AERP online portal.

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