Regulatory update #148

27 April 2012

Inviting your comments on the next APVMA Operational Plan

With the Operational Plan 2011-12 due to expire on 30 June 2012, the APVMA has commenced work on a new version for 2012-13. A key priority is to implement the changes flowing from the Better Regulation reforms while continuing to emphasise core activities. There will also be a strong focus on implementing new technologies to improve business operations and efficiency.

We now invite your input to the Operational Plan 2012-13. Comments, preferably emailed, are requested no later than 5 pm, Friday 18 May 2012.

Comment should emailed to

We prefer emailed submissions. However, hardcopy submissions (or files on digital media) can be sent to:

Program Manager, Corporate Services

PO Box 6182
Kingston ACT 2604
Ph: 02 6210 4844
Fax: 02 6210 4874


Just released: Communication and Consultation Discussion Paper consultation summary

In February the APVMA released a discussion paper seeking stakeholder views on how we can improve our communication and consultation practices. Consultation closed on 30 March with a very positive response. APVMA met with or spoke to 39 individuals/organisations and 22 written submissions were received. A consultation summary is now available and a final policy is expected to be released in August.

APVMA Science Fellow elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

APVMA Science Fellow, Professor Stephen Powles, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science for ‘Foreseeing the problem of herbicide resistance and pioneering herbicide resistance science internationally’. Among 21 new Fellows to be admitted to the Australian Academy of Science, Professor Powles will present a summary of the work for which he has been honoured at the Academy’s annual three-day celebration, Science at the Shine Dome, on 2 May in Canberra.

Who will be the APVMA’s 100th Twitter follower?

Since the APVMA commenced actively using Twitter as a communications tool late in 2011 it has attracted 99 followers. Twitter is a useful tool in seeking feedback and building the APVMA’s social capability. Let us know how you would like to see the APVMA using social media channels by sending us an email at We wonder who will sign up to become APVMA’s 100th follower?

Sulphites survey released by FSANZ

A survey of sulphites in foods (external site) shows that almost all foods tested had sulphite levels well below those allowed in the Food Standards Code.

The survey, which looked at sausages, cordial and dried fruit, was conducted by Food Standards Australia New Zealand and state and territory agencies.

FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said the work built on previous surveys of sulphites undertaken by food regulators in Australia and would help inform work on a proposal looking at the use of sulphites.

"The results showed only three sausages out of 156 had levels above the limits set in the Food Standards Code,” Mr McCutcheon said. “These exceedances have been reported to the relevant state or territory agency for follow up.”

Sulphites, which occur naturally in foods and in the human body, are widely used to preserve food and have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. They have been linked to allergy-like symptoms and asthmatic reactions in people who are sensitive to sulphites have been reported.

Like many additives, sulphites have an acceptable daily intake level (ADI) which is an estimate of how much of a chemical can be ingested daily over a lifetime without appreciable risk to health.

The use of sulphites is regulated by the Food Standards Code and dietary exposure is monitored. The Code also requires any added sulphites above a certain level to be declared on a label in the ingredients list.

FSANZ is considering the overall dietary exposure to sulphites across a wide range of food groups to ensure there are no food safety concerns for the whole population.

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.

  • Avenge Pour-On Lousicide For Sheep
  • Intake Pro In-Furrow And Foliar Fungicide
  • Antifouling Seasafe Ultra
  • Touchdown Hitech Herbicide
  • Snailblitz Aquatic Molluscicide
  • Rhyme Insecticide
  • Paramite Selective Miticide
  • Cue-Mate Intravaginal Progesterone Treatment For Cattle
  • Conquest Epoxiguard 125 Fungicide
  • Bladex 900 Wg Herbicide
  • Crowbar Herbicide
  • Koppers Pigment Emulisified Creosote
  • Kordon Termite Barrier

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

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