For the Community

Community Questions

Members of the community often ask the APVMA questions. While there is a clear understanding that agricultural and veterinary chemicals increase agricultural productivity, people also want assurance that such chemicals are safe. Thus we get questions about individual chemicals, about our processes and the wider regulatory system.

Chemicals in the News

The APVMA publishes information on chemicals that may have received recent media attention to provide a clear and transparent understanding of the regulation of these chemicals.

Kinds of chemicals the APVMA registers

The APVMA assesses and registers agricultural chemical products and veterinary chemical products. It does not register industrial chemicals or drugs and pharmaceuticals.

Adverse Experience Reporting

The aims of AERP Ag and AERP Vet are to provide the APVMA with feedback about the quality and performance of pesticides and veterinary medicines in the field. This information helps to ensure that registration decisions that the APVMA makes continue to remain appropriate and to promote and maintain public confidence in the National Registration Scheme.

Community Consultative Committee

The APVMA's Community Consultative Committee (CCC) provides a vehicle for effective two-way communication between the national chemical regulator and community representatives concerned about pesticides and veterinary medicines.

Understanding Pesticide Chemical Labels

Pesticide chemical labels contain important information about how to safely use products in accordance with legal requirements. The APVMA has developed educational materials that can be printed and displayed or used in chemical training courses to help chemical users identify and understand the warnings and instructions on pesticide chemical labels.

Using Pool and Spa Chemicals

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is the body within the Federal Government that regulates swimming and spa pool sanitisers. The APVMA has evaluated and registered a large number of such sanitisers.

Pest Management in Schools

Schools must manage pests to prevent injury, disease and damage to property, maintain buildings in sound condition, prevent the loss of aesthetic amenity, minimise disruption to teaching and sporting activities, and arrest the spread of pests from the school into the surrounding community and environment.


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