Revised Veterinary Labelling Code

This consultation closed on 3 December 2021

Consultation period

5 November 2021 to 3 December 2021

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is seeking feedback on its revised Veterinary Labelling Code (VLC) and related guidance.

Consultation information

The APVMA has updated the general and specific labelling requirements and related information for veterinary chemical products to provide clear guidance to stakeholders. The revised VLC incorporates current legislative requirements and best practice to ensure veterinary chemical labels provide the appropriate advice and directions to ensure safe and effective use of registered veterinary medicines. In addition, the APVMA has enhanced the online presentation of the VLC to improve web readability and usability.

The review does not include any legislative changes.

Revised VLC

The revised VLC is presented as draft webpages on the APVMA website. These webpages are listed in Table 1.

Table 1. List of Veterinary Labelling Code and related guidance webpages


Revised version

Current version


Veterinary Labelling Code (Part of 'What to include in your application')



Veterinary Labelling Code*

Labelling Codes – landing page for veterinary products


Previous landing page

Introduction to preparing a label and the label approval process – veterinary products



Label content – veterinary products



Label presentation and layout – veterinary products




Guidance for individual, multi- and variable dose forms of veterinary products



QR codes in the labelling and/or package leaflet of veterinary products


New webpage

Guidance on promotional and display packs for veterinary products


Node/921 (section 1.6)  

Guidance on professional packs of oral non-prescription veterinary products



Guidance on removable labels for small single-dose vaccines


Node/945 (section 8)

*The revised VLC landing page and new navigation menu will separate the labelling requirements that form part of the VLC and those guidance notes that are considered related information.

Please note, the navigation menu that will appear on the left side of the webpages is not operational and is provided for the purposes of this consultation only. For a visual presentation of how the published webpages will appear within the navigation menu, please see the menu mock-up.

Making a submission

We invite written comment from 5 November 2021 to 3 December 2021 on the revised VLC and additional guidance material. Please ensure your comments and/or feedback reference the new page title AND taxonomy term or node number referenced in the webpage URL.

Please note: submissions will be published on the APVMA’s website unless you have asked for the submission to remain confidential, or if the APVMA chooses at its discretion not to publish any submissions received (refer to the public consultation coversheet).

Please lodge your submission using the public consultation coversheet, which provides options for how your submission will be published.

Note that all APVMA documents are subject to the access provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and may be required to be released under that Act should a request for access be made.

Please send your written submission and coversheet by email or post to:



Registration Management
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
GPO Box 3262
Sydney NSW 2001

Submissions received

The APVMA sought comments from interested stakeholders on its revised Veterinary Labelling Code (VLC) and related guidance, in a consultation that closed on 3 December 2021.

A total of 2 submissions were received from industry groups.

A copy of the published submissions (where consent to publish was provided) is available on our website.

Consultation feedback

The revised VLC was published in November 2022. The APVMA has considered the feedback received throughout this consultation, and where applicable, made the relevant amendments or provided feedback addressing why these changes have not been implemented. Please refer to the VLC document change record for more information.

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