Reforms to regulation of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines

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. 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.

Reforms to agvet chemical regulation aim to reduce red tape for farmers and other businesses and encourage the development of new chemistry. The reforms are expected to bring a a range of benefits for farmers and other users, the environment and the community, while retaining protections for the safety the health and safety of humans, animals and the environment.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is the Australian Government regulator responsible for registration, quality assurance and compliance of agvet chemicals up to and including the point of retail sale.

The APVMA is responsible for implementation of changes to agvet chemicals legislation. Further information about the APVMA can be found through its website.

Future reform

A number of potential reforms have been identified by industry, community, users and the government as opportunities for improving regulation of agvet chemicals. The Department of Agriculture is prioritising and developing suitable future reforms in consultation with stakeholders. Please contact us if you would like to contribute to the development of future reforms. Our contact details are below.

Recent reforms

Reforms introduced in the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment Act 2013 commence on 1 July 2014.

These reforms:

  • improve the efficiency and effectiveness of assessment processes for applications and for reconsiderations
  • enhance the consistency and transparency of assessments and reconsiderations
  • improve the ability of the regulator to enforce compliance with its regulatory; and
  • encourage industry to provide data to support ongoing registration of agvet chemicals and permit applications.

The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation (Removing Re-approval and Re-registration) Amendment Act 2014 gives effect to the government’s commitment remove the requirement for agvet chemicals to be periodically re-approved and re-registered. It also

  • provides for less frequent registration renewal
  • improves the APVMA’s ability to secure information about the safety of chemicals supplied in the market to improve health and safety and compliance
  • streamlines access to information about approvals and registration in the APVMA’s files
  • addresses some minor implementation issues identified in existing reform legislation.

Further information about the APVMA’s implementation of these reforms can be found on its website.

Further information:

Email: Agvet Reform