Regulatory Update #265

25 January 2018

Quarterly performance statistics show continued improvement

Our quarterly performance statistics for the October—December 2017 period were released on Wednesday 17 January 2018. 

Our performance continues to show improvement, with 74 per cent of applications completed within the legislative timeframe between October and December 2017. This is up from 58 per cent during the previous quarter.

You can view all of the performance statistics on our website.

APVMA commits to independent review recommendations 

On Thursday 18 January 2018 we released the findings of the independent review into our operation performance. All of the recommendations outlined in the report have been accepted.

The independent review recommended a range of performance improvement measures and the APVMA is implementing priority activities including:

  • the 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 on our website.

Review of polihexanide open for consultation

On Thursday 25 January 2018 we published the Polihexanide: Proposed Regulatory Decisions report, providing a summary of the risk assessment and proposed regulatory decisions on polihexanide. The report is now open for consultation for three months.

Polihexanide is an antimicrobial chemical used in swimming pools and spas to control microorganisms, veterinary practices and animal houses as a disinfectant and as a germicide for treating cats, dogs and horses. The report suggests that polihexanide product registrations can continue, with labels updated to include strengthened first aid instructions and safety directions.

The Polihexanide: Proposed Regulatory Decisions report is currently open for consultation. Please submit your comments before close of business on Friday 27 April 2018.

Reminder: Waiver period for eligible veterinary active constituent applications ends 31 January 2018

The waiver period for eligible veterinary active constituent applications will cease on Wednesday 31 January 2018. Applications received after this date will be subject to full fees for the relevant item number.

We encourage all holders of registered veterinary products sourcing an active constituent which is not APVMA approved to contact our veterinary actives team by email at or phone 02 6210 4984.

We would also like to thank all registrants who have already submitted applications. Your assistance has helped with the overall success of the project.

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:

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Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

PO Box 6182
Kingston, Australian Capital Territory 2604

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