Regulatory update #167

14 March 2013

Dimethoate review update

The Exposure and risk assessment component of the Human health risk assessment of dimethoate was published on 7 March 2013. This assessment, including the occupational health and safety (OHS) risks associated with the use of dimethoate, has been prepared by the Office of Chemical Safety in the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

The APVMA plans to publish preliminary review findings for dimethoate and then seek comments and information that may be used to refine the toxicology, OHS and residues assessments prior to finalising the review. This may include any available studies, and descriptions of work practices such as application rates per hectare and hectares treated per day. The APVMA will also consider proposals to amend label directions to address any identified concerns.

Use of dimethoate on a number of food crops is currently suspended until 5 October 2013, due to potential dietary risks.

Dichlorvos suspensions

The APVMA has suspended the labels of six dichlorvos products used for grain protection, with new permit instructions for use, in line with the findings of the dichlorvos review. The suspensions have been put in place due to potential risk to worker occupational health and safety, as outlined in the dichlorvos summary report.

Permit data to feature in second release of APVMA mobile app

The APVMA’s mobile app has been very well received by our readers since being released in October 2012. More than 2000 users have downloaded the app from the app store  and we are very pleased to read the ratings and comments that users have left on the iTunes page. We encourage users to provide feedback, whether on the iTunes page or direct to the APVMA so that we can take your ideas and comments into account when we are updating the app.

Version 2 of the mobile app will feature a major upgrade to provide access to the AVPMA’s permits database. The development work for this release is now well underway, and should be available for download within the next couple of months. As with the initial release version, we are very keen to incorporate user feedback into the development process, so whether you are already a user or would just like to get involved in helping us fine-tune the updated app, please let us know by email.

At this stage, only iPhone (or iPad) users will be able to participate in user testing (and access to the current version of the app). For other smartphone and tablet users, the APVMA is working on more streamlined access to the PUBCRIS and permits databases in the coming months.

Reminder—open for public consultation

The APVMA is currently seeking comment on:


Advice Summaries published since last issue are listed below. For a complete list and further information, please refer to the Advice Summaries content on our website.

  • Paracox -8 Anticoccidial Vaccine for Chickens
  • Peratec Super Fungicide
  • Sakura 850 WG Herbicide
  • Primal Insecticide
  • Ecocarb Fungicide

Application Summaries are updated weekly. For a complete list, please refer to the Application Summaries content on our website.

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