Regulatory update #143

16 February 2012

We’re listening: new communication and consultation paper released for discussion

The APVMA wants to hear from all stakeholders about how to achieve the best possible communications and consultation process. Stakeholders are invited to meet with the APVMA to discuss the new communication and consultation policy discussion paper in:

  • Brisbane (20 February)
  • Sydney (22 February)
  • Melbourne (27 February)
  • Canberra (date to be advised)

To arrange a meeting with APVMA staff in these locations let us know by return email or call Lin Enright 02 6210 4777 or Vanessa Burgess on 02 6210 4868.

Closes 29 February: comment on draft Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Legislation Amendment Bill 2011

The government has proposed a suite of reform measures aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the agvet chemical regulation in Australia. To bring effect to these reforms the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has proposed changes to the current agvet chemical legislation. Consultation on the draft Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation closes 29 February. Your comments can be provided to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. For information on how the APVMA intends to operationalize the reforms proposed in the draft legislation visit the APVMA better regulation webpage.

Closes 28 February: public consultation on APVMA interim cost recovery arrangements 2012–15

The APVMA has prepared a cost recovery discussion paper to invite submissions from industry and other interested parties on the development of the authority’s interim cost recovery arrangements for the period 1 July 2012 until 30 June 2015. A fundamental review of the authority’s cost recovery arrangements will be undertaken by the government in parallel with these proposed interim arrangements. The deadline for submissions is 5pm Canberra time on 28 February.

Omethoate human health risk assessment report published

The APVMA has released the 2011 Human Health Risk Assessment of Omethoate. Key recommendations from this assessment are as follows:

  • change to the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) from 0.0003 to 0.0004 mg/kg bodyweight
  • establishment of a new Acute Reference Dose (ARfD) for omethoate of 0.003 mg/kg bodyweight
  • changes to the registration and safety directions for some home garden products

Assessments for residue and occupational, health and safety for omethoate are continuing. After the assessments have been completed the APVMA will release a Preliminary Review Findings report which will outline the review findings and the proposed regulatory action to be taken for each registered use.

Suspension of certain 2,4-D high volatile ester active constituent approvals

The APVMA has suspended certain 2,4-D high volatile ester active constituent approvals for failure to provide required data. Data is required to enable the APVMA to assess the concern that these high volatile esters volatilise and persist in the environment (atmosphere) thereby causing off-target damage. This suspension applies to certain active constituent approvals only; associated product registrations will be considered at a later date.

Russia: changes to export slaughter intervals for tetracycline antibiotics

The government and industry body Safemeat has applied a provisional Russian export slaughter interval (ESI) of 90 days to animals treated with oxytetracycline or chlortetracycline.
To meet the requirements for slaughter of sheep or cattle for the Russian meat market, producers using these products must observe the terms of the Safemeat notice before a claim of ‘Russian eligible’ can be written on the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declaration. APVMA updated its ESI listing for these antibiotics on 6 February.

Black Salve use on animals

The APVMA advises Australian consumers against purchasing the unregistered veterinary chemical product called ‘Black Salve’. Consumers who intend purchasing this product for human use are also advised to note the recent advice on the TGA website. Black Salve has not been assessed by the APVMA and is therefore not registered for any use on animals—such as cats, dogs and horses. The APVMA is currently making enquiries about the claims made in relation to this unregistered veterinary chemical product treatment. We encourage anyone with concerns to submit information about suspected breaches of agricultural and veterinary chemicals legislation.

Closing soon! Applications for membership of new advisory board close 20 February

Applications for the appointment of part-time members to the APVMA Advisory Board close at 5 pm Canberra time on 20 February.

Reminder—open for public consultation

The APVMA is currently seeking comment on:

  • the APVMA interim cost recovery arrangements 2012–15 until 28 February 2012
  • We're listening: a new communication and consultation policy for the APVMA until 6 March 2012
  • the Proposal to Amend Standard 1.4.2 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code until 13 March 2012


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.

  • Balance 750 WG Herbicide
  • Mouseoff Bromadiolone Rodent Bait Blocks
  • Saflufenacil
  • Paw Pure Animal Wellbeing - Mediderm Gentle Medicated Shampoo
  • Mortein Automatic Indoor Insect Control System Household Protection
  • Imtrade Hurricane Double Strength Herbicide
  • Effipro Spot-On Solution for Extra Large Dogs
  • Effipro Spot-On Solution for Large Dogs
  • Effipro Spot-On Solution for Medium Dogs
  • Effipro Spot-On Solution for Small Dogs
  • Spectrus CT1300 Biocide
  • Mabon's Pestbor Industrial Wood Protection
  • Crop Care Captan 900WG Fungicide

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

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