Notice of review of certain swimming and spa pool sanitiser products

This consultation closed on 28 April 2020.
Consultation period: 
24 March 2020 to 28 April 2020

The APVMA has received reports of adverse experiences associated with a lack of efficacy that highlighted the need for a review of the registration of hydrogen peroxide and/or polyhexanide hydrochloride domestic swimming pool and spa pool sanitiser products. No commercial products containing these active constituents are registered as swimming pool and spa pool sanitiser products.

Polyhexanide hydrochloride products were subject to a formal reconsideration (under Part 2, Division 4 of the Code), and that review concluded in 2018. The scope of that review was limited to human health, and considered only whether products would be carcinogenic when used in accordance with label instructions. The APVMA determined that these products were safe in both occupational and public settings.

The scope of this review was limited to the antibacterial performance of these products relative to the APVMA efficacy guidelines.

The APVMA is consulting with the states and territories and relevant holders regarding the use of hydrogen peroxide and/or polyhexanide hydrochloride as domestic swimming pool and spa pool sanitisers in considering whether to move to a cancellation or suspension of product labels pursuant to section 41 (2) of the Schedule to the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994.

Other interested parties may also provide comment on the ability of products containing these active constituents to satisfy the APVMA efficacy criteria. The deadline for submissions is 28 April 2020.

Questions and submissions may be directed to:

Chemical Review
Office of the Chief Regulatory Scientist
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
GPO Box 3262, Sydney NSW 2001, Australia

Telephone: +61 2 6770 2400
Email: chemicalreview@apvma.gov.au

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