Regulatory update #155

16 August 2012

Agvet regulator finalises carbendazim and carbaryl reviews: further restrictions for both chemicals

The APVMA has finalised the reviews of two agricultural pesticides—an insecticide carbaryl and a fungicide carbendazim—and further restricted the uses of these chemicals.

More information on these chemical reviews can be found at the following web links:

New PUBCRIS iPhone app

Are you away from your PC and needing some information on a chemical? Do you have an iPhone? If so, you’ll be pleased to know the APVMA is almost ready to release a mobile app, initially for iPhone and iPad. We also plan to provide access to users of other mobile operating systems in the coming months.

The PUBCRIS database contains details of agricultural and veterinary chemical products which are registered for use in Australia. The data includes the product name, registering company, active constituents and product category.

The new app has additional functionality that is not currently available from the web-based PUBCRIS system: chemicals and products that have had their registration cancelled, stopped or suspended will also be available for searching.

For further information about the new app, email APVMA’s Public Affairs team via or follow APVMA on Twitter (@APVMA) to find out when the app is available for downloading.

Antibiotic permit breach results in fines for veterinary supplier

A veterinary medicine supplier, Ceva Animal Health (formerly Nature Vet), was convicted in late July 2012 on two counts under Australia’s agvet chemical laws for supplying veterinary antibiotics contrary to their permit conditions.

Under permit, Ceva was allowed to sell a combination of two antibiotics—rifampicin and erythromycin—under very strict conditions to minimise the risk of antibiotic resistance developing. The APVMA uncovered the permit breaches through a compliance audit, following some irregularities identified through routine internal screening.

Ceva was convicted and fined $5000 for supplying the antibiotics contrary to requirements of Section 78 (1) of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994. The company was also convicted and fined a further $3000 for wrongfully supplying these antibiotics beyond their use-by date. Costs were also awarded to the APVMA.

Trifluralin batch withdrawn; APVMA investigations continue

A problematic batch of the herbicide trifluralin has been recalled following investigations by the APVMA. The trifluralin, imported from China and distributed in Western Australia, was discoloured and odorous and the subject of reports that exposure to the product made people nauseous.

Having determined the product was registered but formulated with an unknown solvent, warehouse stocks were quarantined, with the cooperation of the West Australian product registrant. The product will be subject to a voluntary recall and is to be returned to China.

APVMA responds to animal health industry concerns

A survey released recently by the International Federation of Animal Health criticises Australia’s regulatory system for the registration and management of veterinary chemicals.

The APVMA takes these criticisms seriously and is keen to keep working with industry to make improvements in our business. We encourage anyone interested in these issues to review a recent ABC Rural News story, together with extended audio files of interviews with the APVMA and Australia’s Animal Health Alliance.

Reminder: Closing Soon—APVMA extends the scope of the ongoing fipronil review to include environmental considerations

Fipronil is a broad spectrum phenyl pyrazole insecticide that is used in both agricultural and veterinary situations. A review of fipronil commenced in 2003 following reports of adverse experiences in humans and animals. The initial review focused on human and animal safety issues.

Since 2006, information has become available that identifies some significant environmental concerns associated with continued use of selected fipronil agricultural products. On this basis the APVMA has determined that consideration of environmental concerns is required and will be achieved through extension to the scope of the current review. This review will consider information on the following environmental aspects of product registrations for fipronil including, but not limited to:

  • aquatic degradation
  • persistence in environmental media (soil, water and sediment)
  • the partitioning in the environment e.g. deposition, adsorption
  • toxicity to fish and aquatic invertebrates, sediment organisms, bees and non-target arthropods.

The APVMA will also consider whether product labels carry adequate instructions and warning statements. Please note that the extended scope of this review does not include veterinary products or those agricultural products formulated as baits or gels for ant or cockroach control, fly bait stations containing fipronil or termite dusts.

For more information on the extension of the scope of the fipronil review or to make a submission of information to the fipronil review, please refer to the consultation webpage.

Changes to APVMA correspondence classifications

The Australian Government is in the process of adopting new security arrangements, known as the Protective Security Policy Framework.  

As a result of these new requirements, APVMA correspondence to clients/stakeholders which was previously marked as ‘Commercial-In-Confidence’ will now be marked as ‘Sensitive’.

Industry Liaison Committee Meeting 51

The Industry Liaison Committee met on 2 August 2012. The minutes of this meeting are now available.

Seeking input to DAFF's first-principles review of the cost recovery arrangements for the APVMA

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) is seeking public submissions for a first-principles review of the cost recovery arrangements for the APVMA.

As a key APVMA stakeholder your organisation is invited to provide comments or initial submissions to the DAFF consultation by the closing date of 21 September 2012.

For more information on this consultation and to make a submission to the first-principles review—go to the DAFF website (external site).

Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) tables for August 2012

The Maximum Residue Limits Standard tables for agricultural and veterinary chemicals in food and animal feedstuff have been updated for August 2012.

Sheep and cattle ESIs updated

The list of export slaughter intervals (ESIs) for veterinary products used in sheep and cattle has been updated for July 2012.

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.

  • Eimeriavax 4M
  • Genfarm Epoxiconazole 125 Fungicide
  • Conquest Brom M Selective Herbicide
  • Magnathor™ Magnetic Cockroach Bait With Magthanite®
  • Profender Allwormer Flavour Tablets For Large Dogs
  • Profender Allwormer Flavour Tablets For Medium Dogs
  • Profender Allwormer Flavour Tablets For Small Dogs
  • Terminade Residual Termiticide

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

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