Communication resources–natural horse products

A key component of the APVMA’s approach to compliance is education. Through education we can support industry members to voluntarily comply with agvet laws and inform the community about important information to protect them. The following tools can be used and shared with your members, networks and customers to help inform them about the risks associated with using unregistered products. 

Media Releases

Social Media

The APVMA will be tweeting information about this topic from our twitter account @APVMA (follow us at https://twitter.com/APVMA). We will be using #AgvetWatch for our tweets and we encourage you to follow us and re-tweet our content to your members. We will also be using infographics in our tweets which you are welcome to use as well.

Buying natural horse products

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Buying natural horse products–keeping your horse safe

A natural horse product may claim to provide a therapeutic benefit but if it’s not registered with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) it may not be safe or perform as claimed.

All products that fit the legislative definition of a veterinary chemical product need to be registered or otherwise authorised by the APVMA.

Always look for the APVMA approval number on the packaging before buying or using any veterinary chemical product on your horse.

Learn more at www.apvma.gov.au/horse-products  
 

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Buying natural horse products – if it’s not APVMA registered it may not be safe for your horse

A quick check for the APVMA approval number on the label is all it takes to know if a veterinary chemical product is APVMA registered or not.

That’s the message the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) wants horse owners to hear when it comes to buying veterinary chemical products for use in or on horses.

"The market for natural horse products has expanded in recent years and many new products marketed as natural, organic, or chemical-free may not have been assessed by the APVMA,” APVMA CEO, Dr Parker said.

“The definition of a veterinary chemical product is broad and inclusive under Australian law. This means both natural and man-made substances are regulated by the APVMA if they claim to have a therapeutic effect on an animal.”

If you have bought a product you think should be registered but doesn’t have an APVMA approval number on the label, contact the APVMA at compliance@apvma.gov.au or call 1300 700 315.

Learn more at www.apvma.gov.au/horse-products

Keeping your animal safe. Buying natural horse medicines. When treating equine health conditions, you need a veterinary chemical product that has passed Australia’s regulatory tests. Simple actions you can take online or in-store to make sure you buy a registered veterinary chemical product. Flip the pack and check the back for the APVMA or NRA number. Search the APVMA database for the product name and confirm it’s registration. If you’re not sure, speak to your vet  Always use veterinary medicines as per the label directions. Learn more about buying registered veterinary chemical products and what to do if you suspect you’ve bought an unregistered product at apvma.gov.au/horse-products

Selling natural horse products

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Selling natural horse products – keeping your business, customers and animals safe

All products that fit the legislative definition of a veterinary chemical product need to be registered or otherwise authorised by the APVMA.

Always look for the APVMA approval number on the packaging before selling, or using, any veterinary chemical product.

Learn more about protecting yourself, your business and your customers horses at www.apvma.gov.au/horse-products
 

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The risky business of stocking unregistered natural horse products

Retailers are reminded to check that products are APVMA registered before stocking any veterinary chemical products.

That’s the message the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) wants retailers to hear, having seen a growth in the number of unregistered veterinary chemical horse products.

“The market for natural horse products has expanded in recent years and many new products marketed as natural, organic, or chemical-free may not have been assessed by the APVMA,” APVMA CEO, Dr Parker said.

 “Some natural horse products claim to have a therapeutic benefit or to enhance physical qualities in horses, but have little or no evidence to demonstrate the product is safe or effective.”

“The definition of a veterinary chemical product is broad and inclusive under Australian law. This means both natural and man-made substances are regulated by the APVMA if they claim to have a therapeutic effect on an animal.”

Before importing, stocking or selling a veterinary chemical product made in Australia or overseas, check the packaging for the APVMA or NRA approval number or search the APVMA chemical database at https://portal.apvma.gov.au/pubcris to confirm the products registration status.

If you have a product you think should be registered but doesn’t have an APVMA or NRA approval number on the label contact the APVMA at compliance@apvma.gov.au or call 1300 700 315.

Learn more about protecting yourself, your business and your customers horses at www.apvma.gov.au/horse-products

Protecting your business. Your customers expect a veterinary chemical product will be safe and effective, and that means a product that is APVMA registered. Simple actions you can take to protect your business and your customers. Flip the pack and check the back for the APVMA or NRA number. Search the APVMA database for the product name and confirm it’s registration. If you think a product is unregistered contact us (compliance@apvma.gov.au or 1300 700 315). If it’s not APVMA registered, don’t stock or sell it. Be wary of therapeutic claims that aren’t backed by Australian regulatory approval. Learn more about protecting you, your business and your customers at apvma.gov.au/horse-products

 

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