Regulatory Update #280

18 October 2018

2,4-D: New requirements

Our Executive Director Scientific Assessment and Chemical Review, Dr Jason Lutze, was invited by the Grain Research Development Corporation (GRDC) to present a webinar on the new 2,4-D requirements that came into effect on 3 October.

Dr Lutze said the new instructions were to prevent crop damage from spray drift. He reminded participants that 2,4-D must be used according to new label instructions, even if they are using products with the old labels. These requirements include:

  • not to spray in inversion conditions and additional information on recognising inversion conditions
  • downwind mandatory no spray zones for both aquatic and terrestrial off target vegetation (including sensitive crops, gardens, landscaping vegetation, protected native vegetation or protected animal habitat)
  • a requirement to use nozzles producing droplets no smaller than the Very Coarse spray quality category
  • mandatory record keeping requirements, and
  • advisory statements about spray application over summer.

Thanks to the GRDC for organising the event and keeping their stakeholders informed. Q&A panel members Dr Ken Young, Peter Cousins, Andrew Weidemann and Dave Rumbold also provided technical know-how and added to the experience for the 318 participants.

Annual return of active constituents: A big thank you

A big thank you from us to those organisations that provided the data for the 30 September closing date.

As required by our legislation, 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.

The information we collect informs agvet chemical policy development while protecting data considered confidential commercial information. The requirement was introduced in 2016 to advise policy makers around the availability of agvet chemicals in Australia for a number of reasons that includes to report to the World Health Organisation.

Applying for a licence to manufacture veterinary chemical products just got easier

We have updated the process for applying for a licence to manufacture veterinary chemical products by establishing an online services portal.

Applicants can now apply online through the online services portal. This has replaced the old manual form, which will no longer be used or accepted for applications.

The online system makes applications quicker and easier for manufacturers and will streamline APVMA’s work to assess licenses. The implementation of this change contributes to the APVMA’s delivery of agricultural competitiveness white paper reform programme outcomes.

Reminder: you can pay for most of your fees upfront

Just a reminder that you can pay for most application item types upfront. Application types that can be paid in full upfront are items 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 8M, 8L, 8P, 9, 10A, 11, 12, 13A, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and Notifiable Variations.

Our system is unable to make modular items (2, 10, 14, 24 and 27) payable upfront at this time.

New tailored guidance material for generic application types for closely similar and similar products

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 new tailored guidance pathway, I want to register a product that is the based on an existing registered reference 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.

Building international relationships

Our Health Assessment Coordinator, Chris Schyvens, and Senior Residues Assessor, Paul Humphrey, recently attended the Food and Agriculture Organization / World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) in Berlin at the Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR).

The JMPR provides expert scientific advice that informs international food standards and Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) to help protect community health and trade.

Paul provided JMPR with residues evaluations of the insecticide ethiprole, which had not previously been considered by the JMPR, and the herbicide diquat, which resulted in JMPR making MRL and dietary recommendations for both actives. Chris provided a toxicological evaluation of pydiflumetofen, a new fungicide that has recently been registered for use in Australia.

Chris and Paul said our attendance at this meeting was valuable because Australia is seen as proactively contributing to the development of international standards associated with pesticides, while improving our own risk assessment methodologies to support our own agvet industries.

APVMA attends APEC

Last week our Director, Residues and Trade, James Deller, participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) delegation in Brisbane for high level discussions on Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) in the context of international trade.

APEC explored MRL regulation with a view to harmonizing differing global approaches to help with trade opportunities between the 21 member countries.

Mr Deller said the event was beneficial to Australia and could lead to more people trying our safe and tasty produce.

Update on public consultation - draft Risk Assessment Manuals

We recently released the draft risk assessment manuals for Residues, Environment and Human Health for public comment. These documents reflect current practice in each assessment area at the APVMA and are intended as guidance for APVMA staff, stakeholders, industry and the general public. The consultation period has been extended and will now close on 30 November 2018.

Reminder: Open for public consultation

We are currently seeking input on the following consultations:

Contact us

Our mailing address is:
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
PO Box 6182
Kingston, Australian Capital Territory 2604

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