A trusted regulator

Our vision is to be recognised nationally and internationally as a best-practice regulator of pesticides and veterinary medicines that has the respect and confidence of governments, the community, the rural sector, chemical users and the chemicals industry.

We are committed to continuous improvement, scientific excellence, innovation and being a world class regulator of agricultural and veterinary chemicals.

To assist us to achieve our vision and maintain our contemporary scientific knowledge base, we:

  • engage with international agencies
  • adopt international guidelines when they are suitable for an Australian context
  • are party to agreements with comparable overseas regulatory agencies.

The APVMA is frequently the lead agency on international working groups dealing with a range of regulatory issues involving pesticides and veterinary medicines. Our staff are regularly invited to speak at international conferences.

Organization of economic cooperation and development

The APVMA participates in various activities of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Learn more about APVMA and the OECD.


The International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (known as VICH) is a trilateral program to harmonise technical requirements for veterinary product registration.

Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues

The Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues plays an important role in providing expert scientific advice to various international bodies.

Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives

The committee's work includes the evaluation of contaminants, naturally occurring toxicants and residues of veterinary drugs in food.


The APVMA actively participates in the harmonisation of data guidelines with our international counterparts to align evaluation with international best practice and simplify the assembly and submission of dossiers.

Collaborative and overseas assessments

The APVMA collaborates internationally to assess specific applications, and we may use overseas assessment reports in work-sharing arrangements to support independent national risk assessments.

The Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions

In 2004, Australia became a party to these two international agreements relating to the trade of certain hazardous chemicals.

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