Natural products may require APVMA registration – statement regarding Parra Trooper

1 June 2017

Australian law requires that any product meeting the definition of an ‘agricultural or veterinary chemical product’ must be registered or otherwise authorised by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) before it is, imported, advertised or supplied for use in Australia.

Although certain exemptions and exclusions to registration exist, these can only be considered where a risk assessment has been completed and this generally requires a company to provide data to demonstrate the product’s effect and safety.

A common misconception amongst industry and consumers is that natural products or naturally occurring biological controls do not require registration by the APVMA.

The product ‘Parra Trooper’ is not currently registered with the APVMA, however the APVMA has advised that ‘Parra Trooper’ likely fits the definition of an agriculture chemical product because it is promoted as having the effect of destroying pest plants through a facilitated attack by a fungus.

Where the APVMA becomes aware of an unregistered product that likely meets the legal definitions in the Agvet Code, the agency’s approach to is work with the proprietor to investigate pathways for registration and address any matters of non-compliance.

The APVMA became aware of this product (Parra Trooper) when proprietors questioned the requirement for registration in November 2015 and they were informed that the product met the legislative definition of an agricultural  chemical product and likely required registration.

Further notification was sent to the proprietors of ‘Parra Trooper’ in March 2017 advising of possible contraventions the AGVET Code in relation to the possession, supply and advertising of the unregistered agvet product.

The APVMA welcomes further discussions with the proprietors of ‘Parra Trooper’ to investigate options for registration and approval, including what information may be required to facilitate an application for registration or an assessment of product risk that may support an exemption.

It is important that consumers understand that the action taken in regard to the unregistered product, ‘Parra Trooper’, does not extend to another agricultural chemical product with a similar name—Imtrade Para-Trooper Herbicide/67244—which is registered for use in Australia.

Fast facts

  • ‘Parra Trooper’ is likely to fit the definition of an agricultural chemical product because it is promoted as having the effect of destroying a pest plant by facilitating attack by a fungus.
  • Natural products, biological controls and biological agricultural chemicals while promoted as natural may need APVMA registration – more information
  • The APVMA has not sought to suspend sale of ‘Parra Trooper’.
  • Notification was provided to the proprietors of ‘Parra Trooper’ in November 2015 that the product likely requires registration. In March 2017, the APVMA sent further notification to the proprietors advising of possible contraventions sections 75, 78 and  88, of the AGVET Code in relation to the possession, supply and advertising of the unregistered agvet product.
  • It is important that consumers understand that the action taken in regard to the unregistered product, ‘Parra Trooper’, does not extend to another agricultural chemical product with a similar name - Imtrade Para-Trooper Herbicide/67244 – which is registered for use in Australia.

Further information: Roanna Dawson | Director, Public Affairs | 0467 726 486 | media@apvma.gov.au

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