Regulatory update #162

28 November 2012

Diuron product registrations affirmed with significant use changes

The APVMA has today announced the outcomes of its review of diuron, a herbicide used for the control of agricultural weeds and weeds and algae in and around water bodies.

The announcement affirms the registration of most diuron products but with significant changes to their conditions of use. Specific restrictions apply to individual crops, and in the case of sugarcane and pineapple, additional seasonal 'no-spray windows' apply.

While the overall changes are complex, the APVMA has taken a very pragmatic and tailored approach to local use and conditions, making a considerable effort to develop workable instructions for the continued use of diuron, while ensuring we can effectively manage risks from the use of this environmentally mobile and persistent chemical.

To ensure an orderly phasing in of the new arrangements, the APVMA has issued a permit for 12 months, to cover existing stock in the supply chain. This stock can continue to be used in accordance with the arrangements established under the suspension including a wet season ‘no-spray window for some tropical crops.

New agvet chemical legislation introduced to Parliament today

The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2012, was introduced to Parliament today by Sid Sidebottom,  Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Introduction of the Bill into parliament recognises years of collaborative policy development and consultative reform on agvet legislation undertaken by the government, industry and community groups.

In his second reading speech the parliamentary secretary highlighted that amendments in the Bill would enhance the consistency and transparency of assessments of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines. Legislative amendments will better enable the APVMA to align regulatory effort with chemical risk.

The APVMA welcomes  the opportunity to administer a modern legislative framework and deliver greater regulatory efficiency to our clients and stakeholders. While the Bill proceeds through the parliamentary process we will continue to provide advice on the operational effects of legislative reform and will maintain our efforts to prepare stakeholders and our people for anticipated legislative change.

Minister appoints new APVMA advisory board

The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, has appointed a new advisory board for the APVMA (external site).

The new advisory board brings specialist expertise in primary production, environmental toxicology, the protection of the interests of consumers, and experience in agricultural and veterinary chemical industries.

Advisory board appointees:

  • Associate Professor Dr Lyn Fragar AO, Chair (NSW) – Public health and occupational health and safety
  • Mr Roger Toffolon (NSW) and Dr Sandra Baxendell PSM (QLD) – Regulation, under State or Territory law, of chemical products (two members)
  • Mr Selwyn Snell (NSW) – Agricultural chemical industry
  • Dr Lisa Wade (NSW) – Veterinary chemical industry
  • Mr John Hassell (WA) – Primary production
  • Dr Gordon Reidy (NSW) – Environmental toxicology, including knowledge of the effects of chemical in ecosystems
  • Mr David Lawson (QLD) – Protecting consumer interests
  • Ms Bronwyn Capanna (NSW) – Optional additional member with experience in a field relevant to the APVMA’s functions.

Nominations sought for industry reference groups

Expressions of interest are sought from stakeholders who would like to be involved in an Industry Reference Group (IRG) that will contribute to the APVMA’s business transformation process. Each reference group will provide feedback that will inform the refinement of operational changes associated with the Better Regulation Reforms and input to the development of associated guidance material.

The initial and primary role of the IRGs will be to help inform the refinement of the published Framework documents that make up Volume 1 of the risk compendium. We’re looking for people with experience making applications and operating under the agvet chemical regulatory system (e.g. regulatory affairs practitioners), specifically those people directly engaged with the following APVMA regulatory activities:

  • Registration
  • Compliance and Enforcement.

More information will be available on shortly. Expression of interest will close 5:00PM Friday 21 December 2012. Please email better regulation to find out more.

New secure email system

The APVMA’s secure email system, Sigaba, will be replaced in December with McAfee secure mail.

If you are registered to open APVMA secure email through Sigaba you will need to remove, copy, print those emails before 14 December 2012. The Sigaba provider has advised the stored emails will not be accessible after this date and will be deleted from the system by the end of December 2012.

The APVMA will begin to use McAfee in the first week of December. You will be prompted to register with the first secure email you receive from the APVMA.

Progress on recombinant virus issue

On 13 July 2012 the international journal Science (external site) published a paper detailing Australian research showing that certain live attenuated virus vaccines can recombine to form new and more virulent strains of the field virus. In response the APVMA committed to a range of actions to manage the specific risk relating to poultry live vaccines and the potential for recombination of live vaccine strains in other species.

Since that time the APVMA has met with representatives of the poultry industry and vaccine registrants. Registrants have voluntarily agreed to add a statement to their product labels warning of the risks of using different vaccines originating from genetically distinct strains used concurrently in a flock or one site. These label changes have already been approved by APVMA and should be in place on all products by 31 July 2013.

A working group to develop new data requirements to assess the potential for live vaccines to recombine is expected to meet in early 2013.

Last chance to have your say on APVMA communication and client service

Government reforms seek to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the current regulatory process for agvet chemicals. As part of our preparation for the anticipated legislative change, we are undertaking market research to better understand what ‘efficiency’ and ‘effectiveness’ mean when it comes to our client service and communication with you.

We invite all our stakeholders to complete a simple survey that will help us improve our communication and client service.

The survey should only take 15 minutes. Help us deliver the benefits of more efficient regulation to business and the community.

Complete the online survey.

Feel free to share this link ( with others who you think would like to have their say. The survey will close next week.

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.

  • Nufarm Panoctine Liquid Fungicide
  • Prosaro 420 Sc Foliar Fungicide
  • Vibrance Fungicide Seed Treatment
  • Sedaxane
  • Cruiser Opti Insecticide Seed Treatment
  • Draxxin Injectable Solution
  • Widestrike Insect Protection Cotton Events 281/3006
  • Meloxidyl 1.5 Mg/Ml Oral Suspension For Dogs
  • Imtrade Edge 900 WG Herbicide
  • Chemag Edge 900 WG Herbicide
  • Titan Epoxiconazole 500 WDG Fungicide
  • Beetlejuice Carpophilus Trapping System
  • Piclor M 242 Herbicide
  • Belt 480 SC Insecticide
  • Rhinogard Bovine Herpesvirus 1 Live Intranasal Vaccine For Feedlot Cattle
  • Permatek IM 30 Insecticide
  • Scalibor 3 Month Paralysis Tick Collar for Dogs
  • Medetate Injection
  • Freezone Glyphosate 680 Granules Tuffweed Weed Killer
  • Turf Culture Monarch Insecticide
  • PY-Bo Natural Pyrethrum Insecticidal Concentrate
  • Turf Culture Thumper Miticide & Nematicide
  • Binkill Protector
  • Destiny Selective Turf Herbicide

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

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