APVMA proposed decision to remove home and garden uses of chlorpyrifos products

24 June 2019

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has proposed to remove all remaining uses of the insecticide chlorpyrifos in domestic and home garden settings, and certain public spaces.

APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, said the Proposed Regulatory Decision (PRD) to suspend all domestic and home garden products with chlorpyrifos after 28 days is the result of a comprehensive review of the chemical’s environmental and health impacts.

“We make decisions based on credible scientific evidence and have been taking progressive action on chlorpyrifos for many years.

“In our assessments, we have considered all populations and factored in exposure to uses in home garden and domestic settings, as well as certain public spaces.

“As a result of our regulatory decision today, it is proposed that no chlorpyrifos products used in domestic and home garden situations will be available for sale in Australia after 28 days.”

The APVMA is currently consulting on agricultural, biosecurity, and permitted use patterns, and chlorpyrifos products can continue to be used in agricultural settings or under permit only if used according to label instructions.

More information about the PRD, including the list of affected products, disposal advice, alternatives, and consultation details, can be found on the APVMA website.

More information: Shane Cummings, Assistant Director, Communications | 0467 726 486 | media@apvma.gov.au

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