Regulatory Update #282

15 November 2018

Relocation Update

We are approaching the final phase of the relocation from Canberra and our timeline shows we are on track to open the doors on our permanent leased premises.

Our Executive Director, Enabling Technology and Site Relocation, Bob Smith, said a lot of work is going into ensuring that both the physical office, our people, and the enabling technology are all in place for mid 2019.

He said the work focuses on enabling the achievement of three strategic objectives:

  • to ensure we can transform our business and continue providing world-class regulatory services from regional Australia
  • to maintain regulatory science capability to deliver high quality decision making that is timely, science-based and proportionate to the risks being managed, and
  • improve regulatory service delivery and feedback systems to reduce the regulatory burden on industry.

“The timeline shows key milestones so we can see what we have achieved and where we are going,” Mr Smith said. “It helps keep us focused on the end game of ensuring safe and effective agricultural and veterinary chemical products reach the Australian market.”

You can also view a time-lapse video of the office construction and learn more about the relocation to Armidale.

Update on proposed changes to agvet chemical legislation

The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2018 was introduced by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources to Parliament on Thursday 18 October 2018. The Bill includes a number of measures, including allowing prescribed approvals and registrations and improving data incentives for applicants.

Several changes were made to the Bill following the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) public consultation, including:

  • omitting the proposal for provisional registration
  • simplifying the proposed legislation for accrediting persons and removing the aggravated offence for contravening conditions of accreditation
  • aligning voluntary recalls more closely with Australian Consumer Law
  • providing for internal review of an APVMA decision that is substituted for a computer-based decision
  • simplifying the provisions for extending ‘data protection’ periods.

Further detail is provided on the Australian Parliament House website.

This Bill is the second of two that were introduced. The first Bill, Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Operational Efficiency) Bill 2017 is making its way through Parliament after being introduced on 25 October 2017.

Permethrin insect repellent clothing

All insect repellents used on humans, animals and the environment require APVMA registration before they can be sold in Australia. This also applies to clothing impregnated and/or treated with insect repelling chemicals, such as permethrin. 

Even though permethrin is listed on our PubCRIS site as a safe and approved active constituent for a number of insect repellent products, all clothing treated with permethrin and other insect repellents must be registered with the APVMA.

The APVMA has identified several companies who are supplying or selling clothing with impregnated repellents that are not registered with us.

Clothing marketed as ‘insect repelling’ and is treated or impregnated with a chemical, including permethrin, needs APVMA registration. This can include hats, trousers, pants and socks.Clothing marketed as ‘protective’ (other than clothing treated with a chemical) does NOT need APVMA registration. This can include hats with nets or corks, hair nets, and elastic bands around shirt cuffs to keep insects away from skin.  

Over the coming months, we will be monitoring the Australian market for unregistered insect repellent clothing and where non-compliance is found, we may impose warnings, fines and compulsory recalls of unregistered products.

For your insect repellent clothing to be legally sold in Australia, and to avoid fines, contact us for advice on pre-application assistance or for more information, phone us (02) 6210 4701 or email us

The science behind food intake

As part of the ongoing Science Seminar series, we were invited to hear Dr Rainer Ruess from Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) talk about dietary exposure assessments.  

The seminar examined the process of estimating potential exposure of a population to a food chemical from their diet. Dr Ruess has a wealth of knowledge and experience in food safety risk assessments including food additives, veterinary drugs, pesticide residues, contaminants, naturally occurring toxins and nutrients.

Dr Ruess’ presentation on dietary exposure assessments was significant given our work includes setting Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) for agvet chemicals in agricultural produce, particularly produce entering the food chain.

New look application summaries

There are some changes to the look and feel of how you navigate application summaries. There is a drop down menu to narrow your search by year and month and the applications will then appear in date order with the most recent appearing at the top of the list.

Just a reminder that information you submit to us will be published exactly as provided. Please follow the instructions on preparing information lists and ensure your summary doesn’t contain sensitive information.

New tailored guidance material for the variation of a withholding period and/or export interval

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 vary a withholding period and/or export interval 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.

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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