Manufacturer enters into enforceable undertaking agreement with APVMA

13 October 2017

Accensi Pty Ltd has entered a formal agreement with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) to improve its chemical control practices and ensure that manufactured herbicides comply with Australian agricultural and veterinary chemical laws.

Deputy APVMA Chief Executive Officer, and current Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Stefanie Janiec, said Accensi had entered into an enforceable undertaking for one year, during which time the company must take a number of set actions to bring its practices up to the standard expected by the regulator.

“We’ve given Accensi until 31 August 2018 to take specific actions and show that it is manufacturing and supplying products according to the registered formulation,” Ms Janiec said.

“Requirements of the agreement include testing for a list of identified contaminants during its manufacturing processes.

“The company must also conduct an independent audit within six months, improve any identified areas of non-compliance and provide a report to the APVMA.  It must also make any associated records and documents available to the APVMA upon request.”

In August, the APVMA issued Accensi with the largest fines in the regulator’s history for breaches of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 relating to the supply of herbicides found to contain additional chemical actives other than those in the registered formulation. 

The current enforceable undertaking and the fines issues to Accesni in August 2017 stem from regulatory action initiated by the APVMA in December 2016. 

“As one of Australia’s major chemical manufacturers, Accensi has an important responsibility to the chemical industry and farmers to ensure that the products it supplies to market are safe and effective,” Ms Janiec said.

“Agreeing to this enforceable undertaking gives Accensi the opportunity to make sustainable changes to its practices and grow consumer confidence in its products.”

Ms Janiec said that the agency would be monitoring the manufacturer’s implementation to make sure it fulfils its agreement.

A copy of the enforceable undertaking is available on the APVMA website

For further information please contact Roanna Dawson, Director, Public Affairs, 0467 726 486, media@apvma.gov.au

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