APVMA performance improves again

17 January 2018

Performance continues to improve at the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), with statistics for the December quarter of 2017 showing an increase to 74 per cent of assessments finalised on-time, up from 58 per cent.

A total of 803 applications were finalised by agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical regulator between October and December last year, 594 of which were completed within the legislative timeframe.

Results for pesticide products has doubled in the December quarter, with to 72 per cent of assessments completed on time, up from 36 per cent reported in September 2017.

APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, commended staff for their dedication and professionalism, attributing the improved performance to small changes to, and a renewed focus on, process and procedure in the agency’s assessment and registration areas.

“I must recognise the commitment of our people who have worked tirelessly to progress the assessment of hundreds of agvet chemical products, chemical actives and permit applications,” Dr Parker said.

“Statistics for the December quarter of 2017 have our overall timeframe performance sitting at 74 per cent, up 16 points on the previous quarter when 58 per cent of applications were finalised on-time.

“Gains of three and four per cent have been made each quarter to our work in progress that is still tracking within timeframe, which means we’re taking steps in the right direction to reduce the application backlog.

“We’re headed in the right direction and I must thank staff for the resilience they’ve displayed to maintain and improve performance across a range of areas, despite the intense public scrutiny.

“There will continue to be volatility in the figures surrounding our performance, however the recent results demonstrate that improvements can, and are, being made at the APVMA with the current staffing profile.”

Previous quarterly reports released by the APVMA have highlighted a level of volatility in the agency’s operational performance.

An independent review of operational performance was commissioned in August 2017 to identify the root cause for delays. Results from the review will released within the week.

This review will make recommendations to further improve and stabilise APVMA performance over time.

View the latest performance statistics for the December quarter of 2017 here.

Fast Facts

  • In the 2017 December quarter, the APVMA:
    • received 651 new applications for products, actives and permits
    • commenced the assessment of 721 product, active and permit applications
    • finalised 803 applications for products, actives and permits.
  • 78 per cent of the work in progress at the end of the 2017 December quarter is tracking within timeframe, up 4 percent on the previous quarter when 74 per cent of work in progress was tracking within timeframe.
  • Timeframe performance for product, active and permit applications increased to 74 per cent, up from 58 per cent in the previous quarter, with pesticide product applications at 72 per cent completed on time, up from 36 per cent in the previous quarter.

Further information:Roanna Dawson | Director, Public Affairs | 0467 726 486 |media@apvma.gov.au

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