Annual Report 2014–15—Glossary

  • 2014–15
  • 1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015.
  • active constituent
  • The component of a pesticide or veterinary medicine product that is responsible for its physiological or pharmacological action.
  • adverse experience
  • Any undesirable experience arising from the use of a chemical; adverse experiences may affect human or animal health, the environment or other factors.
  • antibiotic
  • Substances produced by microorganisms that are antagonistic in high dilution to the growth and viability of other microorganisms.
  • applicant
  • A person or company who applies to the APVMA to register a pesticide or veterinary chemical for use in Australia.
  • approved label
  • The market product label that carries text approved and published by the APVMA.
  • compliance
  • Compliance with any applicable agvet law. See also noncompliance.
  • cost recovery
  • Fees and charges relating to the provision of government goods and services (including regulation) to the private and other nongovernment sectors of the economy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • maximum residue limit standard
  • A list of agvet chemicals and the corresponding residue levels of these chemicals that are permitted in food and animal feed.
  • 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-scale) 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 timeframe in which the APVMA must process applications for registration.
  • veterinary medicines
  • Substances or mixtures of substances intended for treating diseases or conditions in animals.

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