Regulatory update #216

10 September 2015

Registrations filling fast, don't miss out—Canberra Industry Information and Education Feature Session

Registrations are now open for a special two-day event to be held in Canberra on 15 and 16 October 2015, as part of our series of Industry Information and Education sessions.

The day one program features expert speakers from Australia and overseas, with panel discussion of ‘New approaches to risk assessment’ for toxicology, dietary exposure, worker health and safety and the environment.

Day two is a half-day event with sessions on bioequivalence and pharmaceutical equivalence, the APVMA’s Risk Assessment Framework Project, as well as our regular sessions on registration and online services.

Places are limited, so register now to secure your place.

Public consultation: Draft Pre-application Assistance Fee legislative instrument

Submissions are invited from interested stakeholders on the draft Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code (Pre-application Assistance Fee) Instrument 2015.

In consultation with industry, we have developed a new integrated approach for handling all types of application advice and guidance—including the pre-application assistance arrangements described in the legislation.

This follows a review of the existing arrangements which were introduced on 1 July 2014. We have committed to address all the recommendations of the review and to re-design the process to better meet the needs of people seeking assistance with applications.

The consultation is open until Monday 28 September 2015.

Public consultation: Proposed risk assessment framework for insect pollinators

The APVMA has released for public consultation a draft framework outlining its proposed approach to assessing the risks that pesticide products might present to insect pollinators. The document, Roadmap for insect pollinator risk assessment in Australia, allows for a tiered approach to risk assessment.

We invite comment on the technical aspects of the proposed method until Wednesday 4 November 2015.

Public consultation: A proposal to change the scheduling and management of APVMA GMP audits.

We are seeking the views of industry and the community through public consultation on a discussion paper that describes options for scheduling and managing GMP audits.

The consultation is open until Friday 9 October 2015.

Fenthion use to cease in October 2015

Products containing fenthion may not be used after October 2015. This marks the end of a 12-month phase out period that commenced following the finalisation of the review into fenthion and subsequent cancellation of the active constituent. Existing stocks can be used until current permits and conditions expire in October 2015. Any product that remains unused should be disposed of responsibly.

Detailed information is available on our website.

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