Regulatory update #164

31 January 2013

APVMA welcomes new Chief Executive Officer

Ms Kareena Arthy commenced as the APVMA's Chief Executive Officer on 21 January 2013. Ms Arthy was Managing Director, Biosecurity Queensland for five years, following its inception in 2007. An economics graduate, her career began as an econometrician with the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra before becoming a senior economic analyst with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Ms Arthy spent 10 years in the vocational education and training sector in various leadership roles in economic analysis, strategic policy and planning, communications, stakeholder management and federal–state relations.

Ms Arthy's appointment is reflected in the current APVMA organisation chart.

Regulator warns: More permits under scrutiny after guilty plea

Holders of agricultural and veterinary chemical permits are warned to stick closely to the requirements of their permits or face the legal consequences. The warning comes hard on the heels of an APVMA permit holder, Jotun Pty Ltd, being convicted and fined $22,000 after pleading guilty to two charges in the Sunshine (Victoria) Magistrates Court on Friday.

The APVMA will continue to scrutinise permits this year to address non-compliance.

PUBCRIS data—choose your delivery method

PUBCRIS is a listing of registered agricultural and veterinary chemical products and approved actives. While you may already be familiar with its content, you may not be aware that you can access the data via the:

  • APVMA website
  • APVMA iPhone app
  • Australian Government's data.gov.au website.

Providing weekly updates of our the PUBCRIS database to data.gov.au helps people find, access and reuse public datasets from the Australian Government and state and territory governments. We encourage users to improve our information by using it to develop tools and applications which benefit others. Our database is freely re-useable under a Creative Commons attributions licence.

Feedback from industry sought on the draft National Code of Practice for Chemicals of Security Concern

The Australian Government and state and territory governments have decided to pursue a voluntary code of practice for businesses that manage, handle or use products containing 11 chemicals identified as having the potential to be used to make homemade explosives.

This code will affect importers, manufacturers, transporters, universities, farmers, hardware stores, hairdressers and any other businesses or industry sectors that manage, handle or use any of these chemicals.

Governments do not want these chemicals getting into the wrong hands and Australian businesses play a critical role in achieving that by managing security risks as part of good business practice.

The Attorney-General’s Department is looking to these businesses and the community to provide direct feedback on the draft code. Feedback will feed directly into the revision of the draft code to ensure that it can be easily understood and effectively used by businesses.

You can submit your feedback until 1 March 2013. Download the draft code of practice and for details on how to submit your feedback (external site).

Reminder—open for public consultation

The APVMA is currently seeking comment on:

Applications

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.

  • Roundup Attack Herbicide with IQ Inside
  • Farmalinx Stuka Flexi Herbicide
  • Preminator Termiticide
  • Yates Complete Lawn Insect Control
  • Dormosedan Gell
  • Evergol Prime Seed Treatment
  • Preminator Termiticide
  • Felimazole 2.5MG Coated Tablet
  • Sas Pro Professional Granule Ant Killer
  • Garrison Pruning Wound Dressing Fungicide
  • Prospect Post Harvest Fruit Treatment
  • Proteku Sulphur Dioxide Laminated Pads
  • Antagonist Professional Residual Ant Insecticide
  • Albatross 200SC Insecticide
  • Proteku Sulphur Dioxide Laminated Pads
  • Elanco Cyrex Liquid Sheep Blowfly and Lice Treatment
  • Fury 120 EW General Household Insecticide
  • Cephalexin 600 Antibiotic Tablets
  • Fipforce Aqua Termiticide
  • Accensi Glyphosate 450 SSD Herbicide
  • Evergol Prime Seed Treatment
  • Impact Endure In-Furrow and Foliar Fungicide
  • Marvel 175 Ec Plant Growth Regulator
  • Hasten Spray Adjuvant
  • Mortein Naturgard Auto Protect Indoor Odourless
  • Etee Defoliant

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

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