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Regulatory Update #259
Agricultural chemical products receive perfect compliance results
During September we ran 896 tests on 16 agricultural chemical products to screen for potential contaminants, with results coming back 100 per cent compliant.
These results give confidence to Australian farmers and the general public that manufacturers are making products that comply with the registered formulation.
Tests are ongoing as part of our comprehensive compliance and monitoring program to ensure good manufacturing practice for crop protection products.
New guide for assessing chemical risk to insect pollinators in Australia
We've published a short guide outlining a tiered approach to risk assessments for bees and other insect pollinators, the Roadmap for insect pollinator risk assessment in Australia.
The roadmap provides guidance for assessing the risks that a chemical may pose to insect pollinators as well as some additional warning and protection statements for inclusion on labels.
This guidance is for new applications only and no changes are required to existing labels.
Safety handbook for agricultural and veterinary chemicals updated
You can view full details of amendments made to the FAISD Handbook from September 2017 on the website.
New changes to the Labelling Code
The Labelling Code has been amended to refer to the recently published Roadmap for insect pollinator risk assessments in Australia, noting that appropriate protection statements for pollinators have been included in that guidance. These amendments apply to new applications only and no changes are required to existing labels.
The Labelling Code has also been amended to clarify where Withholding Periods (WHP) should appear on labels. No changes are required to existing labels, this is for clarification only.
The amendments clarify that WHP statements for livestock or domestic animals—such as do not graze treated lawn or turf—belong in the Withholding Period section of the label, rather than the Protection Statements section of labels, unless there is a direct risk to animal health.
Reminder—open for public consultation
We regularly seek input throughout chemical registration and review processes, and other operational and regulatory processes. We are currently seeking input on the following open consultations:
- Proposal to amend Schedule 20 of the revised Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code - 31 October 2017
- Trade Advice Notice on the proposed increase in the in-furrow application rate for canola in the product Intake Combi Sapphire In-Furrow and Foliar Fungicide - 8 November 2017
- Phone our general enquiries number: +61 2 6210 4701
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Our mailing address is:
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
PO Box 6182
Kingston, Australian Capital Territory 2604