APVMA commits to independent review recommendations

18 January 2018

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has committed to a range of performance improvement measures recommended in a recent independent review.

APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, welcomed the findings of the independent review of operational performance, accepting all the recommendations outlined in the report.

“The report outlines recommendations against three broad themes: improve the use of regulatory instruments; build more efficient assessment processes; and modify legislation, cost recovery and reporting methods to better position the agency to deliver,” Dr Parker said.

“The review confirms the fluctuations and volatility in our workload, and that the range in quality and complexity of applications we receive makes it difficult to meet the legislated performance measure of 100 per cent on-time assessments.

“What’s clear from the review is that there is no silver bullet. There are multiple factors contributing to delays in the assessment of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals in Australia and these factors must be addressed through a considered and coordinated program of reform.

“The priority right now is to prepare our people and operations for Armidale. So our focus is on implementing those recommendations that lay a strong foundation for the future APVMA operations in Armidale where further improvements will be made.

“We want to deliver an efficient and cost effective service for registrants and ensure access to safe and effective agvet chemicals for all Australians, and we will.”

APVMA has accepted all recommendations in the independent review and work is underway to implement immediate priorities, working towards the future state and improved performance including:

  • better use of legislative instruments
  • exploring earlier rejections of poor quality submissions
  • improved management of backlogs
  • lowering sign off of decisions to assessment teams

Read the Independent Review of Assessment Performance Report and a summary of recommendations here

Fast Facts

Independent review

  • The independent review of APVMA operational performance was commissioned in August 2017, by CEO, Dr Chris Parker, to identify the underlying causes for delays in assessment and registration of agricultural and veterinary chemical products, permits and active constituents.
  • A range of performance improvement measures have been recommended in the report provided by Reason Group.
  • Amongst the observations are detailed statistical analysis of the APVMA workload, quality and quantity of applications, and performance outputs, as well as a comparison with made with similar overseas regulators.
  • From July 2014 to September 2017 the APVMA:
    • received over 11,000 applications from 887 applicants
    • completed 9,677 assessments
  • More than 50 per cent of the 9,677 applications assessed by the APVMA between July 2014 and September 2017 came from just 38 applicants.

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

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