Regulatory Update #273

13 July 2018

Second interim office to open as we shore up our regulatory operations for Armidale

With our Beardy Street office due to reach capacity in August, we'll be opening an additional Armidale interim office on 109 Jessie Street. The additional premises will provide accommodation for staff relocating from Canberra, as well as for positions recruited directly into Armidale.

Construction of our permanent leased office in Armidale is well underway with the site cleared and concrete slab poured for the two story building that will accommodate up to 150 staff by mid-2019 as scheduled.

To support our agency in fulfilling its statutory obligations under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code, our Armidale operations will be supported by 30 to 40 specialist scientists and decision makers working from a site in Canberra.

Annual return of active constituents

It’s time to report your active constituent data for the 2017–18 financial year.

All holders of approvals and registrations must report the amount of active imported, manufactured or exported each financial year and retain records of this information for six years.

Reports for 2017—18 financial year must be submitted by 30 September 2018.

Learn more and access the online reporting system

Does your product comply with APVMA rules?

Don’t allow your next shipment of agvet chemical product to be held up at the wharf.

Registration holders of agvet chemical products are reminded that all products imported or supplied to the Australian market must comply with APVMA rules. Make sure products are manufactured at a site listed on the registration approval and that these products meet the APVMA registered formulation.

The good news is that most registration holders are complying with this legal requirement. However, recent monitoring shows some shipments identified at the border did not comply with the details recorded on our register.

If you are sourcing a chemical product from a manufacturer that is not on our register for that product, you must let us know. It can be as simple as submitting a notifiable variation to keep within the rules and maintain compliance with the Agvet Code.

If you don’t follow the rules, your shipment may be stopped at the border or be subjected to chemical testing in the market place.

Have your say on proposed changes to agvet chemical legislation

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is conducting public consultation on proposed legislative changes to enable the use of new, simpler regulation processes for agvet chemical assessment based on risk.

The changes proposed aim to support improved access to safe and effective agvet chemicals, reduce costs associated with registration, better align regulatory effort with risk and reduce red tape.

To read the consultation paper and exposure draft of the proposed legislative changes and make a submission visit the Consultation on Streamlining Regulation of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals page on the department's website. Submissions close Wednesday 22 August 2018.

APVMA levy audit program - invitation to self-report understatements of levy payable

We’re checking levy payments received from a selection of companies for sales of registered agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical product between 2014 and 2017.

During this work, we’ve become aware of instances where business expenses and other costs have been incorrectly deducted from the calculation of leviable value.

Under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994 (the Act), levies are payable on a product’s gross sales, exclusive of GST. We use the information provided in a registrant’s Declaration of leviable values to calculate this amount. 

If you think you may have understated the levy payable to us, you can self-report this information to finance@apvma.gov.au. We will then make a fresh assessment of levy in accordance with section 16 and 17 of the Act to substitute the incorrect assessment. We may then consider a payment plan or decide not to pursue an understatement penalty under section 14A of the Act.

You should seek independent legal or accounting advice if you need assistance in determining your liability for levy payable.

Australia's agvet chemical interests represented at international regulatory forums

In June, we participated in the OECD Working Group on Pesticides (WGP) and associated meetings of the Expert Group on Minor Uses (EGMU) and the Expert Group on Biopesticides (EGBP). Held in Paris, the forum allowed us to collaborate with global counterparts on assessments and to contribute Australia's perspective to managing risks associated with the use of agricultural pesticides through registration and re-registration, testing and assessment and risk reduction.

We also went to Brugge for the VICH (International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products).  A trilateral program comprising the European Union, Japan and United States, VICH allows members and observers (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa have observer status) to discuss and implement ways to harmonise technical requirements for veterinary product registration across borders.

Updated guidance documents now available

The following guidance documents have been updated.

Reminder—open for public consultation

We regularly seek input throughout our chemical registration and review processes, and other operational and regulatory processes. We are currently seeking input on the following open consultations:

Contact us

  • Phone our general enquiries number: +61 2 6210 4701
  • Email: enquiries@apvma.gov.au
  • Our mailing address is:
    Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
    PO Box 6182
    Kingston, Australian Capital Territory 2604
    Australia

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