Recent implemented reforms
Amending regulation of animal feeds as veterinary chemical product
On 5 March 2015, certain types of animal feed for both stock and companion animals were excluded from the need for Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority regulatory assessment. This change better aligned the registration requirements for stock and pet food with the well understood risks associated with their ingredients and intended use patterns.
Improving efficiency of agvet chemical regulation
On 1 July 2015, reforms commenced as part of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013 to:
- improve the efficiency and effectiveness of assessment processes for applications and reconsiderations
- enhance the consistency and transparency of assessments and reconsiderations
- improve the ability of the regulator to enforce compliance
- encourage industry to provide data to support ongoing registration of agvet chemicals and permit applications.
Removing the re-approval and re-registration scheme
On 22 July 2014 the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Amendment Act 2014 gave effect to the government’s commitment to remove the requirement for agvet chemicals to be periodically re-approved and re-registered. It also:
- provided for less frequent registration renewal
- improved the APVMA’s ability to secure information about the safety of chemicals supplied in the market to improve health and safety and compliance
- streamlined access to information about approvals and registration in the APVMA’s files
- addressed some minor implementation issues identified in existing reform legislation.
Further information about the APVMA’s implementation of reforms can be found on its website.