Regulatory Update #283

30 November 2018

Spray drift consultation

We are seeking submissions on Stage 1 of the APVMA’s approach to spray drift management. This is a supplemental consultation on the Stage 1 approach that incorporates the changes identified from our previous consultation.

The purpose of the proposed spray drift management approach is to introduce refinements to buffer zone calculations; provide clearer label instructions, increased flexibility for pesticide applications; and support the use of drift reducing technologies (DRT).

Consultation is open until close of business on 8 February 2019.

Addressing the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee

Our CEO, Dr Chris Parker, addressed the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee at the parliamentary inquiry into the independence of the APVMA’s regulatory decisions. You can read Dr Parker’s full opening statement on our website.

Vietnamese delegation visit

Vietnamese delegation visits APVMA

Vietnamese delegation visits APVMA

We recently hosted agricultural representatives from the Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), Department of Science, Technology and Environment (ST&E) and delegates from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) at our Canberra office.

The IFC is providing technical support to the Vietnamese Government to develop a new legal framework governing crop production. One of the reasons for the group’s visit to Australia was to get an understanding of our regulatory and compliance systems around crops and crop protection.

Dr Jason Lutze, Executive Director, Scientific Assessment and Chemical Review, provided an overview of Australia’s agricultural and veterinary chemical framework and our role in ensuring only safe and effective chemicals contribute to agricultural productivity. James Deller, our Director Residues and Trade, presented on the APVMA’s residues assessment work and how this supports safe use of agricultural and veterinary chemicals in food production and Australia’s overseas trade.

APVMA improved performance

We finalised 86 per cent of applications within statutory timeframes for the September 2018 quarter. This is the fifth straight quarter of improved timeframe performance.

Our Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, said five quarters of improved operational performance demonstrates our commitment to deliver quality regulatory decisions that support agricultural productivity, animal health, human safety and environmental outcomes.

Recruitment update

In our latest recruitment round we received close to 300 applications for various scientific and corporate roles in our Armidale office. Applicants applied for roles in risk management and evaluation, communication, IT, finance, HR, governance and administration.

There are more than 50 staff currently working for the APVMA in Armidale and we expect to have 70 staff in place by Christmas. Applicants appointed through this round will join the APVMA in early 2019.

We are also recruiting for Assistant Director - Investigation, Senior Investigation Officers, and Director - Efficacy Assessment positions. If you have a background in compliance or efficacy, or know someone who may be interested in applying, feel free to share.

Canada’s PMRA visits the APVMA

Canada's PMRA visits the APVMA

Last week we hosted a delegation from Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). The PMRA has recently launched the Pesticide Re-Evaluation Program Review to evaluate business processes as well as cost-recovery options in order to identify efficiencies.

The delegation visited our Armidale office to discuss post-market challenges and opportunities with staff from our chemical review, compliance, and business intelligence and improvement teams.

International collaboration provides us with an opportunity to learn from other regulators, improve our systems, and harmonise chemical regulation across the market.

New tailored guidance material

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 re-entry or handling instruction for my product, is now available.

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

Learn more about tailored guidance for applicants and view the complete list of pathways.

Reminder: Open for public consultation

We are currently seeking input on the following public consultations:

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