The Australian Government recognises the need to continue improving the regulation of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines (agvet chemicals). The aim is to give farmers and other users access to newer and better chemical products, while ensuring the integrity of Australia’s agvet chemicals regulatory framework.
On 21 March 2019, the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Timeshift Applications and Other Measures) Regulations 2019 were created.
These amendments help improve the efficient and effective regulation of agvet chemicals.
Key measures include:
- extending the range of application types that can be assessed as timeshift applications
- providing for greater use of disallowable ministerial orders
- removing APVMA regulation of certain substances
- modernising hormonal growth promotant supply requirements
- addressing an anomaly about advertising in agvet chemical legislation
- clarifying when the APVMA can use information provided by another party to support the registration of a proposed chemical product
- allowing for certain approvals to be dealt with simultaneously as part of an application for registration.
Public consultation on these changes was conducted from 12 December 2018 to 20 February 2019.
In addition to these measures, we have consulted with stakeholders on other potential agvet chemical reforms. Arising from this, the government has prepared two Bills for the parliament’s consideration:
- The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Operational Efficiency) Bill 2017 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 25 October 2017 and is currently in the Senate.
- The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2018 was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 18 October 2018.
Collectively, the two Bills aim to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the national system for regulating agvet chemicals.
We anticipate that further amendments to regulations will follow, including those relating to measures in the Bills.