Regulatory Update #267

7 March 2018

Commencement of new APVMA Deputy Chief Executive Officer

On Monday 26 February, Ms Lisa Croft commenced in the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO). Ms Croft's role is based in Armidale and will provide essential oversight of our corporate programs.

Ms Croft has held a number of senior executive roles in the Australian Public Service including most recently at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She has lead policy, program and grant management reforms in areas such as indigenous affairs and housing and has also managed internal reform programs for agencies such as the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Lisa's experience leading process improvement projects and training of staff will provide the APVMA with valuable expertise in transitioning people, functions and business to regional New South Wales.

Issuing emergency use permits to support biosecurity

Emergency permits allow applicants to fast-track the use a product to deal with impactful and unforseen circumstances, such as during the outbreak of a pest or disease. Our ability to issue emergency permits can greatly assist with the effective biosecurity response to such an outbreak and mitigate damage to industry.

We recently approved the emergency permit of fruit fly baits within a 24 hour period, enabling access to biosecurity products to tackle the fruit fly outbreak in Tasmania.

More information is available on the APVMA website about applying for a permit for emergency use of an agvet product.

Help us improve client service and engagement

We are currently working to develop and deploy an online survey of our clients and stakeholders to gather information on your satisfaction with—and preferences for—using our systems and processes, client services, communication channels and engagement activities. While participation in the survey is voluntary, we encourage you to take this opportunity to help us shape the future of doing business with the APVMA.

This week we are running cognitive interviews to test the survey and we'd like to thank all industry participants for their contribution. Your feedback will help ensure that we capture the data and information that will improve client and stakeholder experiences now and into the future.

The survey will be opening in the coming weeks for those of you who have undertaken business with us in the last 18 months, you'll receive an email asking for your feedback. The survey will also be available from our website.

Proposed changes to data guidelines for veterinary active constituents—now open for consultation

On Monday 19 February 2018 we published proposed changes to the APVMA's data guidelines for chemistry and manufacture requirements for veterinary active constituents.

The proposed changes to the data guidelines update and clarify the guidance for new veterinary actives and add a section describing reduced data requirements for new sources of existing veterinary active constituents.

The proposed changes to the data guidelines are currently open for consultation. Please provide your submissions before close of business on Monday 19 March 2018.

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:

Contact us

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
PO Box 6182
Kingston, Australian Capital Territory 2604

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