Advisory Board Communiqué—23 April 2015

The APVMA advisory board met in Canberra on 23 April 2015.

The agenda focussed on several documents and 2015 priorities including the draft new APVMA Corporate Plan 2015-19, the draft Regulator Performance Framework, chemical review priorities, draft policy on the use of international assessments, the Risk Based Assessment Decision Framework and an agricultural communication strategy.

APVMA Corporate Plan 2015-19

The advisory board provided final advice on the content, direction and design of the latest version of the draft Corporate Plan 2015-19. The Plan is aligned with the requirements of the Government’s Regulator Performance Framework and both documents were discussed at an APVMA industry forum on 22 April 2015. Feedback received is being used to finalise the document for provision to the Minister for Agriculture for approval by 1 June 2015.

Regulator Performance Framework

The advisory board provided advice on the consultation draft of the APVMA Regulator Performance Framework. The board’s input together with industry and other stakeholder feedback is being used to finalise the Framework for provision to the Minister for Agriculture by the end of April 2015.

Chemical Review Priorities

The APVMA has developed a revised list of chemical review priorities with input from other Commonwealth, state and territory agencies. The advisory board provided advice in terms of any issues and concerns associated with the review of any of the chemicals listed. The revised list is has been released for a period of public consultation closing on 30 June 2015.

International Standards Policy

The advisory board provided advice on the consultation draft of the APVMA Approach to the Use of International Data, Assessments, Standards and Decisions. The draft has been released for a period of public consultation closing on 10 June 2015.

Risk Based Assessment Decision Framework

The advisory board was briefed on the progress of the Risk Based Assessment Decision Framework and provided advice on principles for establishing the framework.

Agricultural Communications Strategy

The development of an Agricultural Communications Strategy aimed at farmers and other chemical users is a key focus area for the advisory board to support APVMA. The advisory board noted feedback from discussions at the industry forum on 22 April 2015 and provided initial advice in terms of the possible objectives, target audiences and types of information that the strategy might contain. The advisory board agreed to have a more detailed discussion with invited participants at its next meeting to provide further advice on the development of the strategy.

Other matters

The advisory board noted the CEO’s feedback and members’ observations on the industry forum held on 22 April 2015.

The next meeting will be held in Canberra on 27 August 2015.

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