Regulatory Update #278

21 September 2018

Growing Leader’s Forum

Our Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, addressed the AusVeg industry’s Growing Leaders forum at our Canberra office on 12 September 2018.

Young leaders involved in every aspect of the vegetable industry, from growing to processing, attended to learn more about the APVMA’s role in keeping their produce free from pests and diseases and discuss the challenges leadership brings in times of change.

“At the APVMA we’re using the opportunity that our relocation provides to review our work practices including the use of international assessments, which is resulting in innovative products reaching the market sooner.”

Dr Parker said that the world was changing at an incredible pace and it was important that we, as regulators, adapt to realise the benefits that change can bring.

Recruiting for corporate and science roles in Armidale

We have commenced recruitment for corporate services, and risk manager and evaluator roles in Armidale. Vacancies opened on Monday 17 September and close Tuesday 16 October.

There are multiple corporate positions available from APS 4 to Executive Level 1 in areas including finance, communication, and human resources. We’re also looking for risk managers and evaluators at the APS 6 and EL1 levels that have science qualifications.

If you are keen to use your industry experience to keep our pets, livestock and plants free from pests and diseases, apply for a role with us. If you know someone who wants to make a difference, please share #JoinOurTeam.

New 2, 4-D label instructions to reduce spray drift incidents

We are taking regulatory action for the 2018 summer spraying season to reduce the likelihood of spray drift damage.

We have been working with registrants and state and territory authorities to develop new label instructions for about 220 products to help reduce spray drift incidents. These new labels are expected to be on products for the upcoming spray season.

For users, the proposed changes relate to record keeping and application techniques, including spray quality, timing, and the observance of buffer zones. The new requirements do not change or restrict other aspects of the currently approved use patterns and should not affect availability of the product.

The proposed new instructions are expected to come into effect in October.

APVMA Corporate Plan 2018—19

Our Corporate Plan for 2018—19 is now available. It sets out our strategic direction for the year so farmers, pet owners and the community can continue to access innovative, safe and effective agvet products.

The plan outlines three priorities to help us establish and build our operations in preparation for our doors opening in Armidale mid-July 2019:

  • Transform our business to provide world-class agvet chemical regulation from regional Australia
  • Deliver high quality decision making that is timely, science-based and proportionate to the risks being managed
  • Reduce the regulatory burden on industry through an enhanced client service approach.

Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, said he was confident the Authority was well on its way to delivering these priorities.

“This plan will ensure we continue to provide world-class regulatory services to our stakeholders and the community.”

Reminder: Annual return of active constituents

Less than two weeks remains for you 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.

Submit your return online by 30 September 2018.

BASF visit

We are always looking for ways to work with industry, and recently, APVMA staff visited BASF’s Tamworth farm facility, which trials around one hundred new products each year.

For products to be APVMA registered, manufacturers often use trials as evidence that a product can safely do what it claims to do under Australian conditions.

BASF’s Head of Development and Regulatory Affairs, Gavin Heard, and Technical Development Manager, Ian Francis, gave an overview of the R&D process needed to bring new products to market, a process that can take 10 years. They explained that every year, hundreds of products are trialled, but only a handful ever make it to market.

For our people, the visit provided a valuable opportunity to put our regulation in context, and develop a deeper understanding of farm practice. We give a big shout out to BASF for hosting our staff.

New tailored guidance material: additional marketing names for existing registered products

The new tailored guidance pathway, I want an additional marketing name for my existing registered product is now available. This complements the following pathways:

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

Learn more about tailored guidance for applicants

Your chance to provide feedback on crop-group extrapolations

By grouping crops together, the use of data generated in certain crops can be extended to a group of related crops, with little or no additional data needed where use practices are the same or similar.

This work aims to:

  • reduce the cost for industry of bringing chemicals to the Australian market
  • streamline the addition of more crop uses during the registration process, and
  • give farmers and other chemical users greater access to the chemicals they need to manage their crops.

In 2016, we identified crop groups such as stone fruit, citrus fruit, cereal grains and legume vegetables.

We are now asking for submissions on how we might extrapolate further from data and risk assessments for these groupings.

Submissions close 5 October. For more information and to make a submission.

Reminder: Open for public consultation

We are currently seeking input on the following consultations:

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

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