Product Recalls

The ability to recall defective or non-compliant product is fundamental to assuring quality and safety of agricultural and veterinary chemicals in the Australian marketplace, and compliance with Australia's agricultural and veterinary chemicals legislation.

The Guidelines for the Recall of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals - February 2009 (PDF, 522kb) are designed to assist individuals and companies in determining if a recall is required and how to effectively recall affected product. The Guidelines are recommended to all involved in the manufacture and/or supply of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, and the APVMA Recall Coordinator is available to offer further assistance and guidance as necessary - see APVMA contacts page.

If a problem with a registered product is discovered that may involve a recall, an initial report should be submitted to the APVMA as soon as the problem is identified. This can be done using Notification of a Potential or Actual Recall of an Agricultural or Veterinary Chemical Product (KP40_F33) (DOC, 47kb).

Additional important resources for use in a recall event can also be found in the Guidelines for the Recall of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals - February 2009 (PDF, 522kb)

Types of Compliance Notices

Compulsory Stop Supply Notice: The APVMA may issue a notice that requires an entity to compulsorily stop supplying a defined Agvet chemical product.

Compulsory Recall Notice: The APVMA may issue a notice that requires an entity to compulsorily recall a defined Agvet chemical product to end user level.

Product Suspension Notice: The APVMA may issue a notice that suspends a registered Agvet chemical product.

Product Cancellation Notice: The APVMA may issue a notice that cancels a registered Agvet chemical product.

Compulsory Testing Order Notice: The APVMA may issue a notice that requires a registrant to compulsorily test an Agvet chemical product at the direction of the APVMA.

Voluntary Recall: A company is conducting a voluntary recall with APVMA oversight. No formal notice has been issued by the APVMA in relation to this type of recall.

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