Regulatory update #246

17 February 2017

New proposed MRLs for inadvertent residues

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) and the APVMA have developed an approach to assess maximum residue limits (MRLs) for agvet chemicals applied to food commodities listed in Schedule 20 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code where no existing MRLs are established.

The proposal put forward by the APVMA and FSANZ provides a mechanism to establish low-level maximum residue limits in the Food Standards Code (FSC) that will allow the sale of foods containing inadvertent residues that may occur at low levels, even when good agricultural practice is followed.

In cooperation with FSANZ, the APVMA will establish MRLs in the FSC as and when changes are made to MRLs for the active constituent more broadly. The first proposal to vary the FSC includes MRLs for flonicamid, imazamox, pirimicarb, propiconazole, pyriproxyfen and spirotetramat and is available for consultation now.

40 tonnes of unregistered chemical product detained

Two 20,000 kilogram containers of glyphosate and trifluralin were detected and detained in Melbourne late last year for being unregistered under Agvet law.

The products were detained as their particulars did not comply with the APVMA’s Register for Chemical Products. Extensive discussions with the importer and overseas manufacturing companies confirmed the APVMA’s concerns. The chemical products were returned to the source country in mid-December 2016 at the Australian importer’s expense.

Label monitoring of household insecticide products

As part of regular monitoring of marketed product labels, we will shortly commence a label audit of household insecticide products that have been granted registration in the last two years.

Companies marketing these products will be contacted for copies of current labels. Anyone holding these products should also check that the labels comply with current APVMA requirements.

Fast-track registration

Fast-track registration is now available for a number of repack applications that will be processed within 21 days thanks to a streamlining of application requirements and internal processes. The reduced application timeframes are a result of the successful pilot of Fast-track registration which ran from 29 July to 31 December 2016.

The APVMA is now working to identify additional applications that could be included in the fast-track registration process, including system and process changes required to support this.

More information on the new process is available.

Minor updates to text

Minor updates to text within our online services were recently made around item 13 applications. Edits were also made to the manage account access and pre-application assistance pages. These simple text changes will have no impact on functionality and were made to improve readability.

Update to the ethephon standard

The APVMA has updated the active constituent standard for ethephon to clarify the requirements for active content and water content.

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