The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has finished 2019–20 with continued strong performance, demonstrating further improvements in the on-time assessment of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemical products.
Statistics released for the June quarter 2020 show the APVMA completed 2963 product, active and permit applications in 2019–20, finalising 89 per cent within legislative timeframes, ahead of the 85 per cent recorded in 2018–19.
This included considerable improvement in the on-time assessment of veterinary medicine applications, increasing from 81 per cent in 2018–19 to 89 per cent in 2019–20.
The rate of pesticide applications completed within timeframe also increased, from 85 per cent in 2018–19 to 93 per cent in 2019–20.
APVMA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ms Lisa Croft, said the authority’s continued strong performance throughout 2019–20 reflected the dedication of APVMA staff to improve regulatory performance and streamline risk assessment and decision making processes.
“We’ve demonstrated another quarter and another year of improved performance, despite the interruption of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Croft said.
“The tireless work of APVMA staff has resulted in the on-time approval of numerous products and new uses for existing products, which will support Australia’s agricultural productivity, improve animal health, and provide consumers with more options for agvet chemical products that are safe and effective to use.”
The APVMA’s focus in 2020–21 is to further improve the timeliness of its regulatory decisions, while ensuring the assessment of agvet chemical products continues to meet the highest of scientific quality standards.
View the June 2020 performance report.