Regulatory Update #254

13 July 2017

New policy on recall notification for agricultural and veterinary chemicals

We have changed our stance on recall notification and will now publish information about voluntary and compulsory recalls of agvet chemical products on the APVMA website.

The decision to amend the policy on recall notification was made with mindfulness of the responsibility to safeguard people, animals, the environment and agricultural industries from harm, while balancing the obligation to protect confidential and commercial information of registrants.

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APVMA scientists receive international awards for excellence

A team of regulatory scientists from the APVMA have received a public service award for excellence from the Canadian Government for their work on the first ever trilateral review of the product Metacam 20mg/ml for use in sheep.

This review, finalised in 2016, was completed in collaboration with our New Zealand and Canadian regulatory partners and received significant international attention and acclaim.

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Canberra industry information session—registrations now open

Registrations are now open for the Canberra industry information and education session on 13-14 September 2017.

Day one of the program will be a special science feature day focusing on the opportunities and challenges for regulatory science, technology and innovation. Day two will focus on key areas of the APVMA’s current and future work.

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Tender process underway for procurement of permanent APVMA office in Armidale

The search for our permanent Armidale office has started with the launch of a tender process on AusTender to supply accommodation for lease by July 2019.

We’re inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced providers to supply 2,000 to 3,200 m² of quality office accommodation available for the agency to fit-out, or with the option for integrated fit-out of a new building, in time for a staged relocation by July 2019. EOIs are due by 28 July 2017.

The detailed Request for Expression of Interest and associated documents are available by searching EOI2018-203 on the AusTender website.

Consultation on proposed changes to agvet chemical legislationending soon

The opportunity to contribute submissions to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources propsed legislative changes is ending soon.

The proposed legislative changes would amend the:

  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 (the Administration Act)
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 (the Code Act)
  • Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994 (Levy Act).

The consultation closes 19 July 2017.

To make a submission and for more information please visit the Department of Agriculture Legislation Amendment website.

Annual return of active constituents

It’s time to report your active constituent data for the 2016-17 financial year.

By law, all holders of approvals and registrations must report the amount of active imported, manufactured or exported each financial year and retain records of this information for six years.

Reports for 2016-17 financial year must be submitted by 30 September 2017.

Learn more and access the online reporting system. 

First applications finalised in the efficacy contestability pilot

The first applications finalised in the efficacy contestability pilot have been finished well ahead of schedule. Seven product applications have been finalised more than three months ahead of the statutory timeframe of seven months. The APVMA has accepted the assessment report provided with these applications.

If you would like to know more about the efficacy contestability pilot or have an application that can be included in the pilot, please contact the APVMA’s Efficacy Assessment Coordinator at or phone 02 6210 4778.

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Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
PO Box 6182
Kingston, Australian Capital Territory 2604

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