Quarterly results released with the national regulator determined to improve performance

18 August 2017

Statistics released by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for the June quarter of 2017 show that despite fluctuations in timeframe performance, the agency continues to deliver on its regulatory purpose, providing confidence that the agricultural and veterinary chemicals in Australia are safe and effective.

The APVMA finalised 2453 applications for new actives, products and permits in 2016–17, providing Australian farmers and veterinarians with access to more than 200 additional products bringing new chemicals, innovative crop protection and vet medicines to Australia.

Work in progress increased steadily by 50 – 80 applications per quarter over the first three quarters of 2016-17 with a sharp increase in the final June quarter.

APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, says that while data from the June quarter shows a decline in the percentage of assessments finalised within the statutory timeframes, the annual timeframe performance has improved by one percentage point in 2016–17.

“When you look at the overall performance for the year we’ve held firm on timeliness with 69 per cent of the applications finalised within the statutory timeframe, up from 68 per cent in 2015–16,” Dr Parker said.

“What the statistics don’t show is that we approved the registration of more than 350 generic agvet products in 2016–17 making the market more competitive and bringing costs down for farmers.

“Timeliness is just one indicator of quality regulation and while this does not excuse the fact that our performance is not where it should be, the APVMA is committed to addressing the deficiencies.

“We must do better and we will.”

There are a number of factors that can affect the agency’s performance, including the number and complexity of applications entering the registration system.

The relocation of the APVMA to Armidale provides a unique opportunity to refine the business operating model and streamline administrative processes.

The APVMA has also commissioned an independent review of operational performance that will provide the organisation with further insights needed to build resilience and agility within the agency’s assessment and management systems.

The APVMA Performance Statistics for the June quarter of 2017 are available from the APVMA website at http://apvma.gov.au/node/27321.

More information about the independent review of operational performance is available from www.apvma.gov.au.

Fast Facts

  • Figures from the June quarter outline that 58 per cent of applications were finalised within statutory timeframes, down from 62 per cent in the previous quarter.
  • Annual timeframe performance improved in 2016-17 with 69 per cent of applications finalised within timeframe, up from 68 percent in 2015-16.
  • Aussie farmers and veterinarians gained access to 47 new actives and products containing these actives in 2016-17, nine more than the previous year.
  • APVMA approved more than 200 new products in 2016-17 that contained an existing registered active. This is up from 2015-16 when 186 products were approved.
  • 2453 applications were finalised in 2016-17, roughly similar to output in 2015-16 when 2545 applications were finalised.
  • More than 350 generic agvet products were registered in 2016-17 and 468 in the previous year, pushing prices down for farmers.

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