Regulatory update #142

2 February 2012

Agvet database PUBCRIS to go mobile!

The APVMA recently conducted a survey of users of PUBCRIS, the database of agricultural and veterinary chemical products registered for use in Australia. More than 170 survey respondents provided useful feedback including:

  • around 75 per cent use PUBCRIS on at least a weekly basis
  • around 50 per cent found out about PUBCRIS from a friend or colleague
  • 87 per cent generally find what they’re looking for (with one of the key issues raised being the need to search using the precise wording of the chemical or product of interest)
  • 95 per cent find PUBCRIS easy to use—with some also seeking improvements
  • 89 per cent access PUBCRIS from work, while 20 per cent have tried to access the database from a mobile or tablet device
  • close to 55 per cent would download and use a smartphone or tablet “app” if one was available.

Based on these findings the APVMA has now started developing a mobile “app” (application)—initially for iPhone but, in time, for iPad and possibly Android use. The APVMA intends to seek input from PUBCRIS users as the project develops:  if you are interested in helping us test the new iPhone app please email the following details to us:

  • Name
  • Position and organisation
  • Contact number during office hours and email address
  • Type of mobile phone and/or tablet that you currently use

For further information about the proposed new mobile application, please contact Susan Whitbread, Public Affairs Manager, APVMA.

2, 4-D review update

A review of 2, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) is currently in progress. 2, 4-D is a systemic herbicide used post emergence for the control of broadleaf and grass weeds on crops, commercial and industrial areas, turf, forestry and waterways. A continuation of the existing suspension of 2, 4-D high volatile ester (HVE) products gazette notice and instructions for users, issued as a permit, were published on 31 January 2012.

APVMA is considering suspension of particular active constituent approvals for failure to provide required data. Data is required to enable the APVMA to assess the concern that these HVEs volatilise and persist in the environment (atmosphere) thereby causing off-target damage. This consideration includes active constituent approvals only. Associated product registrations will be considered at a later date.

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Regulatory Reforms consultation to the draft legislation closing 29 Feb

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) recently published two documents as an aid to the Australian Government’s reform of agricultural and veterinary chemical regulation (external site).

The documents will form part of a comprehensive collection known as the—Risk Compendium—designed to help agvet clients and stakeholders to better understand APVMA regulatory requirements and decision making processes. The documents describe how the APVMA will operationalize the reforms proposed in the Exposure Draft of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Bill 2011.

The government has invited comments on the draft Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation until 29 February 2012. Your comments can be provided to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (external site).

Public consultation on chemicals of security concern opens 3 February

The Attorney-General’s Department is inviting the community, including businesses that import, manufacture, distribute, transport, handle or use products containing precursor chemicals to homemade explosives to provide feedback on the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). The RIS analyses four options to reduce the security risks posed by the 11 precursor chemicals. The RIS is open for comment from 3 February to 30 March 2012. For further information on the RIS, including the list of precursor chemicals and details on how to make a submission, please refer to the AGD Chemical Security website.

New advisory board members sought: applications close 20 February

Applications are now open for the appointment of part-time members to the APVMA Advisory Board (external site). The board provides advice and recommendations to the chief executive officer in relation to the functions of the APVMA. Expressions of interest close at 5 pm Canberra time on 20 February 2012.

New advisory group for stakeholder engagement

As flagged in Regulatory Update #141, the APVMA is gearing up to review the way we engage and consult with our stakeholders. An advisory group has been formed, drawing from stakeholder representative groups. A discussion paper will be widely circulated which explains why we are changing our engagement and communication with stakeholders and seeks feedback on how this can be improved. The paper will be posted shortly on the APVMA public consultations website. In the meantime, we welcome ongoing feedback.

Last chance to register for VMDA seminar on GMP 

Three one day Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) seminars for industry will be held in Sydney (14 February), Melbourne (15 February) and Brisbane (16 February). The program was developed in consultation with the APVMA and has the theme ‘Quality Assurance and Quality Management’. Registration closes on 7 February 2012. For more information, including the draft program and registration form, see the VMDA website (external site).

Reminder—open for public consultation

The APVMA is currently seeking comment on:

  • the Proposed registration of new active constituent prosulfuron until 15 February 2012
  • the Proposed registration of new active constituent fluxapyroxad until 15 February 2012
  • the APVMA interim cost recovery arrangements 2012–15 until 28 February 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.

  • Canvac PI Vaccine
  • Nobivac Ducat
  • Palladia 50mg
  • Palladia 15mg
  • Palladia 10mg
  • Intake Combi Sapphire In-Furrow and Foliar Fungicide

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

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