Annual Report 2013–14—Glossary

2013–14: 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014.

active constituent: The component of a pesticide or veterinary medicine product that is responsible for its physiological or pharmacological action.

adverse event:  Any undesirable experience arising from the use of a chemical; adverse events may affect human or animal health, the environment, or other factors.

agvet:  Agricultural and veterinary.

applicant:  A person or company who applies to the APVMA to register a pesticide or veterinary chemical for use in Australia.

clock time:  The time from when an application is passed through preliminary assessment ('screening') until it is finalised, less any time that the APVMA is waiting on a response from the applicant

compliance:  Compliance with any applicable agvet law 
(see also noncompliance).

cost-recovery:  Fees and charges related to the provision of government goods and services (including regulation) to the private and other nongovernment sectors of the economy.

elapsed time:  The overall time taken for the APVMA to determine the outcome of an application for registration. It includes statutory time and applicant time in addressing deficiencies with applications.

export slaughter interval:  The time that must elapse between the last administration or feeding of a chemical product to livestock, or last application to crops, and slaughter of the livestock or harvesting of crops for export.

extension of use:  The agreed use of a pesticide or veterinary chemical for a purpose other than those specified on the original label. Registered products must be used only for purposes that are specified on the label, and the APVMA must grant permission for any extensions of use.

good manufacturing practice: Standards that ensure that products are consistently manufactured to the quality standards appropriate for their intended use and in accordance with their registration specifications.

label: Directions for a product's safe and effective use, attached to a container.

legislative reform:  The reforms to the work of the APVMA contained in the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013, which received royal assent on 29 June 2013 and will commence on 1 July 2014.

licence:  Authority to manufacture pesticides or veterinary medicines according to s. 123 of the Agvet Code.

maximum residue limit:  The maximum concentration of a residue resulting from the registered use of an agricultural or veterinary chemical that is legally permitted or recognised as acceptable in or on food.

minor use:  A use that would not produce sufficient economic return to an applicant to meet the cost of registering the product for that use.

nanotechnology:  The design, characterisation and application of materials engineered at a molecular (nanometre) level.

noncompliance:  Noncompliance with any applicable agvet law. Noncompliance may include the sale and use of unregistered products, supply of restricted products to unauthorised users, unapproved labels, unfounded claims in advertising or other media, or active constituents that do not conform to APVMA standards.

nontarget:  Crops, plants or animals that are not the target of the chemical, but may be affected by its use (see also spray drift).

pesticides:  Substances or mixtures of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest. Also known as agricultural chemical products.

registrant:  A person or company who registers a pesticide or veterinary medicine product for use in Australia.

registration:  Official recognition that a pesticide or veterinary medicine is safe and will work when used according to the label. Before an agricultural or veterinary chemical product can be legally supplied, sold or used in Australia, it must be registered by the APVMA.

regulatory guidelines:  A set of guidelines that provide details of how the relevant agvet legislation is enacted by the APVMA, and how agvet chemicals can be registered in Australia.

spray drift:  The unintentional movement of pesticides from one area to another with the wind.

statutory time:  The legislatively prescribed time frame in which the APVMA must process applications for registration.

veterinary medicines:  Substances or mixtures of substances intended for treating diseases or conditions in animals.

withholding period:  The time that must elapse between the last application of a chemical and the slaughter, collection, harvesting or use of the animal or crop for human consumption.

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