Timeline of significant APVMA milestones

In June 2018, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) celebrated its 25th anniversary. This has provided an opportunity for us to reflect on our past achievements and set the stage for embracing opportunities for the future.

The APVMA’s history—celebrating 25 years

Celebrating 25 years—APVMA major milestones timeline


  • On June 15 the National Registration Authority (NRA) was established as an independent statutory authority to manage the Australian Government’s regulatory responsibilities under the National Registration Scheme
  • Professor Ben Selinger appointed as the first Chair and Leo Devin as the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO)


  • The Australian Government transfers responsibility for establishing maximum residue limits (MRLs) to the NRA


  • The Adverse Experience Reporting Program (AERP) for veterinary medicines begins
  • The National Registration Scheme is implemented as the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 (Agvet Code) comes into effect


  • The NRA quality system implemented with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) accreditation; the Agriculture and Veterinary Requirements series is published


  • Dr John Keniry is appointed as Chair of the NRA. Dr Alison Turner is appointed as CEO of the NRA


  • Amendments are made to the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992, increasing membership of the NRA board to include a ‘government’ director


  • Amendments to the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Administration Act 1992 to provide protection for undisclosed data submitted for evaluation of new active constituents


  • Memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with Food Standards Australia New Zealand for the assessment of dietary exposure. Acute Reference Doses included in dietary exposure evaluation


  • Dr Kevin Sheridan appointed as Chair of the NRA


  • The NRA changes its name to Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)
  • Amendments made to the Agvet Code for introduction of a ‘low regulatory’ scheme and requirements for the APVMA to approve final printed labels
  • Dr Joe Smith is appointed as CEO
  • The AERP for agricultural chemicals begins


  • MOUs are signed with the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency and Veterinary Drugs Directorate
  • With the commencement of the Australian – United States free trade agreement, data protection is granted to application data


  • Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives (JEFCA) approach for determining MRLs for veterinary medicines is adopted


  • APVMA governance structure adopts executive management model, headed by the CEO with Advisory Board to provide advice to the CEO
  • Mr Mark Allison appointed Chair of the APVMA Advisory Board
  • Australia makes its first joint review approval of a new active constituent following cooperation with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency


  • Dr Eva Bennet-Jenkins appointed as CEO


  • The APVMA implements new registration and label requirements to more effectively regulate spray drift risk
  • New Amendments to the Agvet Code allow the APVMA to streamline a number of regulatory processes, including label approval


  • Amendments to legislation allows the APVMA to directly vary MRL standards in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, in consultation with the Food Regulation Ministerial Council


  • APVMA releases a world-first mobile phone app, providing users access to the APVMA’s Public Chemicals Registration Information System database


  • Ms Kareena Arthy appointed as CEO
  • APVMA celebrates its 20th anniversary
  • The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013 receives Royal Assent (Act No. 125 of 2013)


  • The Australian Government commits $8 million over four years to help farmers gain improved access to safe and effective agvet chemicals
  • New legislation introduced whereby clocks cannot be ‘turned off’ when deliberating on an application
  • Products containing the chemical fenthion are cancelled


  • Legislation comes into effect stating that a product name no longer has to be the same as the name on the product container label and multiple labels can be approved for one product


  • First ever trilateral review of veterinary medicine Metacam (for use on sheep) conducted between Canadian, New Zealand and Australian agvet chemical regulators
  • The Federal Court decides that the APVMA is obligated to protect confidential commercial information (CCI) about a reference product when assessing product registration applications on a case by case basis
  • Australian Government seeks to decentralise public services, announcing that the APVMA will relocate operations to Armidale in regional NSW


  • The review of dimethoate is completed. Decisions are made to restrict use in oilseed and fodder crops. The review also removes approval to use dimethoate in the home garden, on some tropical fruit crops and some vegetables
  • APVMA establishes an interim office at 246 Beardy Street, Armidale
  • APVMA scientists receive awards for excellence from the Canadian Government for their contribution to the first trilateral joint review and approval of veterinary chemical product, Metacam
  • Active constituent, 4-aminopropiophenone and product Foxecute Fox Bait and PAPP Wild Dog Bait registered for use
  • Calicivirus strain RHDV K5 registered for use in controlling pest-rabbit populations
  • Largest fine on record of $100,000 issues to a manufacturer for the supply of herbicides found to contain additional chemical actives other than those listed in the registered formulation
  • Report released on antimicrobial resistance in animals to support the health and welfare of companion animals and the productivity of our livestock industries
  • APVMA develops a roadmap for insect pollinator risk assessment in Australia
  • Dr Chris Parker appointed as CEO
  • The Armidale business operating model, including an Armidale organisational structure is finalised


  • 102 Taylor Street and 91 Beardy Street named as the site for the APVMA’s permanent office in Armidale NSW
  • Australian farmers are the first in the world to access new agvet chemical technologies with the approval of afidopyropen and Duddingtonia flagrans
  • On June 15 the APVMA celebrates its 25th Anniversary

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