Opportunities and challenges for regulatory science, technology and innovation

Chief Scientist Phil Reeves APVMA
30 October 2017
Phil Reeves, Chief Scientist

Last month some of the best scientific minds from across Australia came together with the agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical industry and our agency to look at the future of science and regulation as part of our industry information session. If you couldn’t make it videos and transcripts are now available.

The session provided a unique opportunity to those involved or interested in agvet chemical regulation to come together to identify and discuss changes in science, innovation and technology and their impact to our work in Australia.

Regulatory science is very different to conventional science, where we don’t generate new lines of enquiry to answer questions, instead we rely on available information to make a decision.  It is therefore vital that the APVMA continues to engage with innovation and new discoveries in conventional science. As agvet science evolves so must our regulation.

Our Science Day gave us an opportunity to share some of the areas in emerging science and regulation of interest to the APVMA, such as innovative technologies and scientific developments like products of nanotechnology and biotechnology, bio-pesticides, stem cell therapies and gene therapies to name a few. You can find out more about these in my video presentations from the day

The APVMA supports the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda which recognises extraordinary technological change is transforming how we live, work, communicate and pursue good ideas.

Our guest speakers presented on a number of these potentially significant innovations for our nation including the implications of pesticide developments such as the ecological risk assessment of nano-enabled pesticides and innovative crop protection products. 

They also spoke about developments for estimating drug efficacy and efficacy confidence limits, aquatic animal health issues, the changing face of pest management in our cotton industry, as well as contributing fresh insights into communicating agriculture and animal science innovations to the Australian public. 

All the video presentations from the science session are now available for viewing. If you have time, I also encourage you to check out presentations that cover business operations and consider the work ahead for our regulation more generally.

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