Australian farmers get world-first access to latest agvet chemicals

2 May 2018

Australian farmers are the first in the world to access new agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical technologies following approval from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for afidopyropen and Duddingtonia flagrans.

APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, said the registrations provide Australia’s agricultural industries with enhanced access to safe and effective pest management tools for use in vegetable, cotton and livestock production.

“There is strong demand for new crop protection and animal medicines to be made available in Australia and it’s important that the APVMA delivers a regulatory service that is responsive to market demands and can support innovation in our agricultural sector,” Dr Parker said.

“Australia is the first nation to register afidopyropen, which is an insecticide to aid in the control of aphids and silverleaf whitefly in cotton and vegetables.

“The APVMA is also the first regulator to approve Duddingtonia flagrans, a biological present as a palatable feed supplement used to treat parasitic gastrointestinal nematodes of grazing animals.

“We strive to be a world leader in agvet chemical regulation, and being first to register these new products is a step in the right direction that will encourage further investment from agvet chemical manufacturers to register safe products that advance Australia’s agricultural productivity and animal health.”

The APVMA completed the assessments for both product applications in a timely manner, undertaking a rigorous scientific assessment that involved chemistry, residues, health, environmental and efficacy assessments.

The product manufacturers are awaiting decisions on registration for the same products in a range of other markets globally.

Details of the active constituent afidopyropen in Versys Insecticide and Duddingtonia flagrans in BioWorma and Livamol with BioWorma products can be found on the APVMA’s public database of registered chemicals at portal.apvma.gov.au/pubcris

Learn more about the APVMA’s regulatory framework for the approval of active constituents

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

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