Regulatory update #170

26 April 2013

New advisory board gets down to business

Following their appointment in November 2012, the APVMA Advisory Board members met formally for the first time on 3 April 2013, in Canberra.

APVMA chief executive officer, Kareena Arthy, updated the board on how the APVMA is preparing to respond to the agricultural and veterinary chemical amendment legislation (external site) that is currently being considered by the Australian Parliament.

Ms Arthy also discussed with the board a number of initiatives to improve the timeliness, consistency, predictability and transparency of the APVMA’s decision-making.

The board has recently released a communiq outlining the key issues discussed at the meeting including the APVMA's role in minor-use permits, veterinary antimicrobials, bees and pesticides and nanoregulation readiness.

Contacting our registration programs

If you need to get in touch with the APVMA about an application or other registration matter (including permits), the best way to go about this is to use our dedicated program emails as follows:

Even if you have the contact details for a specific manager or evaluator, it helps to copy these general mailboxes. Where individual staff are absent or busy, emails sent to these addresses will be dealt with as quickly as possible and forwarded to the most appropriate officer.

If you need to speak to someone personally, call us on our general number 02 6210 4701 (from Australia) or +61 2 6210 4701 (from overseas) and select option ‘1’. If you are not sure which area of the APVMA you need to talk to, select option ‘4’.

Updated mobile app to be released soon

Thanks to everyone who responded to our call for testers to help put the new version of our iPhone mobile app through its paces recently. The app—which will include access to our permits database for the first time—has now gone through final testing stages and has been submitted Apple for upload.

Follow us on our twitter account @APVMA to hear when the app is available for downloading!

Record of approved active constituents for April 2013

The record for approved active constituents for chemical products has been updated as at 19 April 2013.

Reminder—open for public consultation

The APVMA is currently seeking comment on:

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