Regulatory Update #276

24 August 2018

Our regulatory position on glyphosate

Following recent court decisions in the United States of America and Brazil, the APVMA is aware of questions regarding the regulatory status of glyphosate in Australia.

We can confirm that glyphosate is registered for use in Australia, and all APVMA approved products containing glyphosate can continue to be used safely according to label directions. Australian law requires appropriate warnings on product labels, which include relevant poisons scheduling, first aid and safety directions. We remind all agvet chemical users of the importance of following the label instructions.

In 2016, following an International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) assessment, we considered glyphosate and found no grounds to place it under formal reconsideration. We continue to track and consider any new scientific information associated with the safety and effectiveness of glyphosate, including the information available from other regulators.

Read more about our position on glyphosate.

The science behind advancing Australian agriculture

Chief Regulatory Scientist, Dr Phil Reeves, published a new blog for National Science Week.

The blog considers how scientific advances in crop protection products are contributing to Australia's agricultural sustainability and efficiency. In particular, focusing on the development of products which use interference RNA (RNAi) to control pests and disease. 

Read the latest Chief Scientist blog post.

New tailored guidance pathway for applicants

We’re making registration easier with tailored guidance material that gives you the information you need to lodge the right application, with the right data and supporting evidence to meet APVMA criteria, before entering our online services portal.

The third tailored guidance pathway—I want to vary the use of a product to include a new crop, animal species or situation—is now available. This accompanies two existing pathways, I want to vary a product pack size and I want to vary the sites of manufacture.

Gradual release of additional guidance material for other common types of new product and product variation applications is scheduled over the coming months.

By improving applicant guidance material we aim to make registration smoother and more efficient.

Learn more about tailored guidance for applicants.

Talking innovation with the Grains Research and Development Corporation

There are more than 3 300 products currently registered for use that contribute to vital pest management and productivity in wheat, barley, oats, sorghum and other grain crops, and more products, using new actives, are being assessed by the APVMA every day.

In this way, our work supports grain producers' productivity, but the best way for the APVMA to do this is to focus on our own productivity. This was the message our Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, told grains producers at the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Regional Panels series in Canberra on Tuesday 14 August.

Dr Parker discussed our implementation of the priority recommendations from the 2017 independent review of our operational performance. He also took the opportunity to engage members of the grains industry and discuss the challenges and opportunities in keeping pace with regulatory changes and embracing new technologies.

Module descriptors guideline updated

The Module Descriptors Guideline on our website has been updated following industry consultation.

The new guideline will make module descriptors easier to understand and apply, so that registrants are better informed of the modules required for their applications.

We are also improving our business through a number of other initiatives.

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:

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

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