Regulatory update #146

29 March 2012

Diuron announcement 27 March 2012: suspension to continue pending final decision

Diuron is used to control broadleaf and grass weeds in agriculture, and weeds and algae in and around water bodies. The APVMA has extended the suspension of certain diuron registered products until 30 November 2012. The APVMA has also finalised its review of diuron for a number of products that are not subject to further outcomes of the environmental assessment.

APVMA staff go out in the field March 26-27

As part of regular staff training and as an opportunity for further outreach on the communications and consultation policy currently being developed, APVMA staff spent two days immersed in the Narrabri-Wee Waa cotton industry on March 26-27. Activities included a visit to a cotton farm, seed developer, chemical supplier, airport for discussions with the aerial spraying industry, a cotton gin and research station. A seminar drawing all elements of the cotton industry closed the tour. Discussion at the seminar ranged over the role of the APVMA, regulation, communications with stakeholders, a new test for chemical contamination and research.

APVMA science fellow to warn on herbicide resistance at American summits

APVMA science fellow Professor Stephen Powles is warning farmers to be more aware of how valuable herbicides are for our farms and to use different herbicides in rotation, along with other non-chemical tools. Professor Powles is keen to get the message out that over-reliance on one herbicide can cause weeds to evolve resistance to that herbicide and that’s the message he’ll be taking to a US national summit on herbicide resistance (external site) to be held in Washington DC on 10 May 2012 and then to a similar event in South America from 16-18 May 2012.

Closing 30 March: comments on a new communication and consultation policy for the APVMA

The APVMA is entering into significant reforms and as stakeholders have always been important contributors to the effective and efficient operation of the organisation we want your views on how to improve the way we work with you through the development of a formal communication and consultation policy. Comments are required by close of business 30 March 2012 and can be sent by email, fax or letter to:

Lin Enright
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
PO Box 6182

Telephone: 02 6210 4777
Fax: 02 6210 4813

Reminder—open for public consultation

The APVMA is currently seeking comment on:

  • We're listening: a new communication and consultation policy for the APVMA until 30 March 2012
  • the Proposed registration of the actives N-oleyl-1,3-diaminopropane and N-coco-alkyltrimethylenediamines in the product Mexel 432 Dispersant until 10 April 2012
  • the Proposed registration of the actives N-oleyl-1,3-diaminopropane and N-coco-alkyltrimethylenediamines in the product A32 Dispersant until 10 April 2012
  • the Proposal to Amend Standard 1.4.2 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code until 10 April 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.

  • Biflex Ultra-Lo-Odour Termiticide & Insecticide
  • Sumagic Plant Growth Regulator
  • Country Diflufenican 500 Selective Herbicide
  • Crop Care Intervix Herbicide For Clearfield Crops
  • Pyramin WG Selective Herbicide
  • Nuturf Dimension EW Herbicide
  • Defender Concentrate Maxguard Systemic, Contact & Residual
  • Raisha Poultice
  • Liberty 280 Herbicide
  • Richgro Beat-A-Weed Natural Weedkiller Concentrate
  • Prospect Post Harvest Fruit Treatment

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

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