Regulatory update #247

16 March 2017

Efficacy contestability pilot—still time to get involved!

The APVMA has received nine submissions for our pilot of efficacy contestability, where assessments are completed by the private sector prior to an application being lodged.

The pilot runs until the end of June 2017. If you would like to participate in the pilot, please contact the Efficacy Assessment Coordinator.

Wombats given fighting chance against mange

A minor use permit will now allow wombats across Australia to be treated with a pour-on treatment in an effort to control mange disease.

Permit 82844 allows the permit holder and other authorised groups to produce and supply a wombat mange treatment kit. The kit contains Cydectin pour-on and detailed instructions for use of the product—this must be delivered via a burrow flap or direct application with a pole scoop to the wombat’s back.

Cydectin is typically used to treat similar diseases in cattle and sheep. The permit for use on wombats is valid until 28 February 2020.

Grants for improved access to chemicals

Close to $2.5 million has been approved in the latest round of grants, including uses for citrus fruit, field peas and dairy cattle. The Australian Government's grants program aims to help farmers gain improved access to agvet chemicals.

This round of grants involves work to establish an official Australian crop grouping list and associated APVMA guidelines, migrate some APVMA permits to product labels and establish agvet collaborative forums.

New search tool on website

To enable faster and more accurate location of content, a new search engine has been deployed on our website. This change is the result of feedback received during industry events and the 2016 useability review of our website and online services.

You can continue to search for information on our website using the search bar at the top-right of the screen. If you have feedback regarding the new search engine, please email

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