Better Regulation of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals
Reforms to regulation of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines
The Australian Government is implementing reforms to the regulation of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines (agvet chemicals) for the benefit of the community, manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retailers and users of agvet chemicals. These reforms aim to reduce red tape for farmers and other businesses and encourage the development of new chemistry with a range of benefits for farmers and other users, the environment and the community.
Implementing existing reform legislation
The bulk of the reforms are made possible by the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013, which was passed by the parliament in June 2013.
These reforms will:
- Simplify and modernise agvet chemicals legislation to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of assessment processes for agvet chemical applications for approvals, registrations, permits and licenses and for reconsiderations (reviews) of chemical approvals and registrations
- Enhance the consistency, efficiency and transparency of agvet chemical approvals, registrations and reconsiderations by publishing principles and processes for APVMA regulatory action and by implementing these principles and processes to better align regulatory effort with chemical risk
- Improve the ability of the APVMA to enforce compliance with its regulatory decisions by providing the APVMA with a graduated range of compliance enforcement powers; and
- Improve consistency in data protection provisions and removes disincentives for industry to provide data in support of ongoing registration of agvet chemicals and in support of permit applications.
Reforms introduced in the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013 commence on 1 July 2014.
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is preparing for implementation of these existing changes to agvet chemicals legislation. The APVMA is the Australian Government statutory authority responsible for registration, quality assurance and compliance of agvet chemicals up to and including the point of retail sale.
The APVMA is progressively publishing further information about its work on these reforms on its website.
The government has committed to easing the burden imposed on the Australian economy and agricultural sector by reducing red and green tape on business by at least $1 billion per year. This commitment includes a measure for improving the efficiency of the agriculture and veterinary chemicals regulation.
The first priority is to remove the requirement for agvet chemicals to be periodically re-approved and re-registered.
The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Amendment Bill 2013 will give effect to this commitment and make further improvements to reduce red tape. At this time, the government intends that the Bill pass through Parliament by 30 June 2014.
An exposure draft of the Bill is available:
The Bill would:
- Remove the requirement for agvet chemical re-approval and re-registration, including
- Remove end dates for approvals and last renewal dates for registrations so that approvals and registrations will no longer end after a particular period
- Remove redundant provisions that allow applications to re-approve and re-register
- Introduce further simple reforms to agvet chemical regulation to reduce red tape and improve efficiency, like providing for less frequent registration renewals
- Improve the APVMA’s ability to secure information about the safety of chemicals supplied in the market to improve health and safety and compliance
- Require the APVMA to provide access to information about approvals and registration in its files to persons eligible to receive it
- Address some minor implementation issues identified in existing reform legislation.
A consultation paper about the Bill explains how the government would remove re-approval and re-registration. This paper also discusses some additional amendments to reduce red-tape and address minor issues identified with implementing existing legislation, including a detailed explanation of specific provisions. The paper discusses regulations necessary to accompany the Bill.
The consultation paper is available:
Minor errors were made in the consultation paper. A brief addendum is available here, to be read in conjunction with the all documents released on this page.
The Bill would principally amend the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994. A compilation of this Act, as it will be, just before the exposure draft legislation has effect, is available:
- Compilation of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 PDF [1 MB]
Compilation of the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 Word [912 KB]
The government is encouraging stakeholders to review the draft Bill and consultation paper.
Submissions are preferred by email to the Agvet Chemicals Regulation Reform team
Submissions will also be accepted by mail:
Department of Agriculture
Agvet Chemicals Regulation Reform (M.6.137)
GPO Box 858
Canberra ACT 2601
Submissions should be made by AEST 5pm on Friday 7 March 2014
Submissions available for public review:
|Received from||Date received||Word|
|Mr Hans van den Broek||19/12/2013||204 KB||23.5 KB|
|Mr John Gray||19/12/2013||122 KB||22 KB|
|Mr Ken Brown||31/12/2013||123 KB||23 KB|
|Graeme Smith Consulting||20/01/2014||383 KB||28 KB|
|Stock Feed Manufacturers’ Council of Australia||31/01/2014||110 KB||N/A|
|South Coast and Tablelands Livestock Health Committee||03/02/2014||121 KB||22 KB|
|Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia||03/02/2014||199 KB||22 KB|
14 Feb 2014