Public consultation on the Harmonisation proposal for off-label use of agricultural chemicals

​The Harmonised Agvet Chemicals Control of Use Task Group (HACCUT) is conducting public consultation on an updated proposal for the harmonisation of agricultural chemical off-label use. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is facilitating this work on behalf of HACCUT.

The consultation is now open and submissions must be lodged by 2pm on 27 September 2018.

To make a submission:

  • read the discussion paper and submission form (the form contains details on how your submission will be handled)
  • we recommend using the submission form for your response
  • submit feedback via email to agvetpolicy.

Next steps

HACCUT will consider all submissions before presenting a final proposal to the Agriculture Senior Officials Committee (AGSOC) for endorsement in late 2018.

Background

In 2017, AGSOC recommended HACCUT to develop a proposal for a national approach to harmonised off-label use of agriculturual and veterinary chemicals by December 2018.

In November 2017, HACCUT consulted on the draft proposal to harmonise off-label use of agricultural chemicals for consultation and received 13 submissions. Most submissions were supportive of a single national approach to the off-label use for agricultural chemicals, to allow producers to respond to pest pressures or resistance issues in a flexible way. They also emphasised that this flexibility should not come at the expense of the safe and responsible use of chemicals and that appropriate government regulation is required to achieve this.

In response to the submissions, HACCUT has revised the proposal to:

  • present two options for off-label use;
    • the first option permits off-label use where a permit has been issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)
    • The second option introduces a conditional use model for the safe use of chemicals off-label that applies to the producer of a commodity (or user of a chemical product).
  • omit the any further reforms to harmonise the use of application equipment different to the label.

Read the consultation paper: Harmonisation of off-label use of agricultural chemicals

Please read the public consultation paper before making a submission to the department.

Download

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Updated proposal for harmonisation of agricultural chemical off-label use PDF

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Updated proposal for harmonisation of agricultural chemical off-label use DOCX

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Make a submission by email

You must make a submission by email for responses longer than 500 words.

To make an email submission:

  • download and complete the submission form
  • email your completed form and any attachments to agvetpolicy

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Submission on the HACCUT Updated proposal for harmonising off-label use in agriculturual chemicals PDF

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Submission on the HACCUT Updated proposal for harmonising off-label use in agriculturual chemicals DOCX

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Privacy

‘Personal information’ means any information or opinion about an identified, or reasonably identifiable, individual.

The collection of personal information by the panel and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in relation to this submission is for the purposes of gathering opinions on the Harmonised Agvet Chemical Control of Use Task Group (HACCUT): Updated proposal for harmonisation of agricultural chemical off-label use and related purposes. You are under no obligation to provide personal information but if you do not, the panel and department will be unable to contact you to discuss or respond to your submission.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, submissions marked confidential may be made available. Such requests will be determined in accordance with provisions under that Act.

Personal information may be published on the department’s website, disclosed to other Australian agencies, persons or organisations where necessary for these purposes, provided the disclosure is consistent with relevant laws, in particular the Privacy Act 1988. Your personal information will be used and stored in accordance with the Privacy Principles.

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