A warm welcome from the APVMA Chief Scientist

Chief Scientist Phil Reeves APVMA
3 August 2017
Phil Reeves, Chief Scientist

For those who don’t know me, I am Dr Phil Reeves, the APVMA’s Chief Scientist. 

Our refreshed science pages went live this week – just in time for National Science Week and ahead of our annual APVMA Science Day in mid-September. You will hear more from me on these topics in future posts. Firstly, I would like to introduce you to my office.

As Chief Scientist, my work and that of my office plays a crucial role ensuring the APVMA’s regulatory framework reflects and responds to current scientific knowledge and contemporary risk assessment methodologies. In doing this we identify regulatory issues and emerging technologies that may affect the APVMA’s registration of agricultural and veterinary chemical (agvet) products and our ability to adapt to and manage these changes.

We also help the APVMA to improve its scientific capability by carrying out intense examinations into important regulatory topics. Furthermore we work with other agencies in Australia and internationally on regulatory science matters to help keep the APVMA informed of developing issues and align our regulatory practices.

Of course these issues are not only of interest to us but are also of interest and importance to many Australians including our regulatory scientist community, manufacturers, growers, farmers, vet product users, academics and the general public. This is why I will be keeping you informed of our work through this blog.

It’s my aim to bring contemporary issues and topics of interest to attention through this blog each month. Topics may be of particular relevance to a specific industry or type of agvet product. I will also be discussing the principles that underpin scientific assessment of agvet products.

Stay tuned for my next post. In the meantime, feel free to learn more about the work of my office and browse our enhanced site. You might also like to read posts on big data and nanotechnology.

Phil Reeves photo, Phil Reeves if the Chief Scientist of the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Association