Regulatory Update #250

10 May 2017

Opening of our Armidale interim office

We are open for business in Armidale with an interim office established at 246 Beardy Street, that will support the agency’s transition from Canberra to Armidale in 2019.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, officially opened the Armidale interim office on 27 April 2017.

Interim APVMA office at 246 Beardy Street, ArmidaleThe interim office will act as a headquarters for the APVMA relocation team, giving Canberra-based staff a place to work from when they travel to Armidale.

A small team of locally recruited APVMA staff will also work out of the Beardy Street premises, ensuring local liaison with the Armidale community and connecting the APVMA’s regulatory operations in Canberra to our future home in regional Australia.

Read more about our relocation to Armidale.

Chlorpyrifos toxicology report

The Supplementary Toxicology Assessment Report for chlorpyrifos is now available from our website.

This supplementary toxicological assessment considered new studies published between 2000 and 2016, with a focus on the potential for chlorpyrifos to cause developmental or behavioural neurotoxicity.

Methiocarb review supplementary occupational health and safety report

The 2017 Supplementary Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Assessment Report for methiocarb is now available from our website. The report contains contemporary First Aid Instructions and Safety Directions (FAISD) for all formulation types, and refinements to the re-entry and re-handling periods outlined in the 2005 OHS assessment report.
While there are currently no wettable powder formulations registered with the APVMA, the OHS assessment also includes wettable powder uses in poppies. This use pattern was not included in the 2005 OHS report and is included now for completeness and transparency.

Health-based guidance values (ADI/ARfD) for agvet chemicals and FAISD handbook

The APVMA has recently taken over management of these two important chemical information documents from the Department of Health. This information is used in dietary risk assessments, and for agvet chemical product labelling.
Previously located on the Department of Health website, you'll now find these useful resources available on

Reminder—open for public consultation

We regularly seek input throughout chemical registration and review processes, and other operational and regulatory processes. We're currently seeking input on these two open consultations:

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