Agricultural Labelling Code review

8 October 2021

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is conducting a review of the labelling requirements for agricultural products as set out in the Agricultural Labelling Code (ALC).

The objectives of the review, which will be conducted by the APVMA’s Pesticides Team, are to ensure the ALC is:

  • consistent in all matters of advice across all sections of the ALC
  • administered consistently across the APVMA
  • provided in a clear and concise format on our website
  • easy to use, navigate and find information.

The scope of the review does not include any amendment that would require legislative change.

In undertaking this exercise, the APVMA will review all general and specific labelling requirements of the ALC and submit these in batches to industry and other interested bodies for consideration and comment.

We will also improve the presentation, accessibility and functionally of the ALC on the APVMA website and will make the test pages available to industry for final review before undertaking a public consultation.

We anticipate the review of label content will begin in late 2021, with the release of the first batch of content for comment scheduled to begin in 2022 and end in early 2024. Public consultation and final revision of the updated ALC is expected towards the end of 2024.

The APVMA will review all feedback received and seek further stakeholder consultation where necessary.

Provide feedback

We invite interested stakeholders to provide feedback and suggestions for the improvement and useability of the ALC.

To provide feedback, please refer to the invitation letter and email your submission to ALCReview@apvma.gov.au by COB 8 December 2021.

We also invite stakeholders to submit their interest in participating in the consultation of ALC batches as they are released. Please email your interest to ALCReview@apvma.gov.au by 8 November 2021.

Questions about the ALC review can be directed to ALCReview@apvma.gov.au.

To protect your privacy, please do not include contact information in your feedback. If you would like a response, please contact us.