Regulatory update #152

11 July 2012

New restrictions in place for arsenic-treated timber

New restrictions on the use of copper chrome arsenate (CCA) for treating timber came into place on 1 July 2012. CCA has been used to preserve wood in a variety of situations such as for telegraph poles, decking and fencing. It was also used for children's playground equipment.

A review of CCA treated timbers commenced in 2003, following concerns that arsenic could be absorbed through the skin or after swallowing or inhaled if the timber was burnt. In March 2005, the APVMA advised that CCA was not to be used in timber for playground equipment or other high-contact structures.

Following this review, CCA has now been declared a restricted chemical product and may only be supplied to, and used by persons authorised under a relevant state or territory law.

Agvet chemical regulator investigates problems with trifluralin in WA

The APVMA is investigating public concerns and reports from Western Australia that a particular batch of a widely used farm chemical, trifluralin, is leading to farmers becoming ill or nauseous. The APVMA is encouraging any farmer experiencing health problems following use of this or any other farm chemical to lodge an adverse experience report or contact the APVMA on 1800 700 583.

APVMA affirms refusal of permit application for dimethoate treatment of export tomatoes

The APVMA recently affirmed its original decision to refuse a permit application from a horticultural exporter for use of dimethoate as a post-harvest treatment for export tomatoes. Dimethoate is an organophosphorus (OP) insecticide and exposure to OP pesticides can result in both acute and chronic health effects.

A human health risk assessment prepared by the Office of Chemical Safety raised concerns that exposure of children to dimethoate may be harmful to their development.

After carefully considering all the facts, the APVMA could not be satisfied that the proposed use of the product would not be an undue hazard to people using anything containing its residues and would be likely to have an effect that is harmful to human beings. The APVMA was therefore obliged by its legislation to refuse the permit application.

Community Consultative Committee meeting

The APVMA's Community Consultative Committee met in Canberra on Thursday 5 July 2012. APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Eva Bennet-Jenkins paid tribute to the outgoing chair, Dr Heather Yeatman, and welcomed incoming chair, Mrs Heather Wieland. Mrs Wieland is currently the national president of the Country Women's Association, and in June 2012, was awarded an AM in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her services to rural women's issues.

New corporate and operational plans published

The APVMA's key planning documents have now been published, including a new three-year corporate plan to guide the longer term strategic directions for the authority. Key objectives covered in the APVMA Corporate Plan 2012–15 are the integration of the government's proposed legislative reforms for agvet chemical regulation into 'business as usual' and the implementation of new technologies to improve business operations and efficiency.

The APVMA Operational Plan 2012–13 sets out the actions needed to achieve the objectives in the corporate plan. This is the first under the new three-year corporate plan and it aims to give practical effect to the government's reform agenda for agvet chemicals.

2011-12 registration performance reporting statistics published

Annual statistics for our 2011-12 Registration Performance Reporting have now been published on our website.

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.

  • Maxim 100 FS Fungicide Seed Treatment
  • Resolva Weed Killer 24h Concentrate
  • Prosaro 420 SC Foliar Fungicide
  • Prosulfuron
  • Casper Turf Herbicide
  • Mycrobor WP Industrial Wood Preservative and Household Insecticide
  • Resolva All-In-One Bug and Fungus Killer with TMX Plantguard For Your Tomatoes
  • Barricade Turf Herbicide
  • Prosaro 420 SC Foliar Fungicide
  • Bollgard II Cotton Event 15985
  • Prosaro 420 SC Foliar Fungicide
  • Tanalith E Copper Based Wood Preservative Concentrate
  • Talstar 250 EC Insecticide/Miticide
  • Loxicom 0.5 Mg/Ml Oral Suspension For Cats
  • Richgro Ant Killa
  • Bedlam Insecticide Kills Bed Bugs, Lice And Dust Mites
  • Resolva Weedkiller 24H* Ready To Use
  • Turf Culture Brek 500 SC Herbicide
  • Bollgard II Cotton Event 15985
  • Rampage Rat And Mouse Bait
  • Dibbs Progas Fumigant
  • Naadco 200sg Gibberellic Acid GA3 Plant Growth Regulator
  • AW Strafe Herbicide
  • Yates Nature's Way Caterpillar Killer
  • Enviromax Fipronil 200SC Insecticide
  • Vitra 400 Wg Fungicide
  • Outlook Herbicide
  • Farmalinx Flumetsulam 800 Wg Herbicide
  • Cropro Chlortan 720 Fungicide
  • Sumiguard Insecticide
  • Vivando Fungicide
  • Agador Turf Nematicide And Miticide
  • Delaval Kontact Concentrate Post Milking Teat Sanitiser With Emollient

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

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