APVMA performance continues to improve

19 September 2019

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority’s (APVMA) performance has improved with an average of 85 per cent of applications finalised within timeframe in 2018–19, up from 73 per cent in 2017–18.

The largest increase in performance was in the assessment of pesticide applications, with a completion rate of 85 per cent on time for the year, up 22 per cent since 2017–18.

Veterinary medicine applications remained steady at 81 per cent for the year.

Performance for permit applications increased, with 84 per cent finalised in timeframe, up 17 per cent since 2017–18.

Performance for actives was 92 per cent, up six per cent since 2017–18.

APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, commended staff for maintaining and improving timeframe performance levels during the year.

“Our new business model is paying dividends and we continue to head in the right direction and I thank staff for the resilience they’ve displayed to bed down our operations and maintain and improve performance across a range of areas,” he said.

“Our people work tirelessly to ensure the rigorous assessment of thousands of agvet chemical products, actives and permit applications meet the highest of scientific quality standards.

In the last two years (2017–19), the APVMA has reduced the average time taken to process an application to 5.7 months; a reduction of approximately two months compared with assessments completed in 2016–17”.

View the June 2019 performance statistics.

Further information: Brendan Wright | Assistant Director, Parliamentary and Communications | +61 467 726 486 | media@apvma.gov.au

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