For Industry

Changes to the way the APVMA approves labels

On 15 July 2010, legislation was enacted to change the way the APVMA approves labels. To ensure you understand how these changes affect you, please see the common questions and answers about the changes in labels.

Application Assessment, Consultation and Advice

Export Slaughter Intervals (ESI)

The APVMA regularly updates the Export Slaughter Interval (ESI) and withholding periods (WHP) for products used in sheep and cattle.

Manual of Requirements and Guidelines (MORAG)

MORAG sets out the requirements and guidelines for registering veterinary and agricultural products in Australia.

Product Registration

Before an agricultural and veterinary chemical product can be legally supplied, sold, or used in Australia it must be registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

Active Constituents

Active constituents are the substance/s in an agvet chemical product primarily responsible for a product's biological or other effects. They must be approved either before, or at the same time, the product is being registered.

Current Compliance Monitoring Activities

This section outlines the current compliance monitoring activities that the APVMA is undertaking, and it will be updated regularly as these activities change.

Fees and Levies

The APVMA charges annual fees and levies for registered products and the value of product sales in a financial year.

Public Consultation

The APVMA seeks input from interested stakeholders throughout the chemical registration and review processes as well as during the development of program reforms.

Data Protection, Early Disclosure and Transparency Provisions

The data protection, early disclosure (application summary) and transparency (advice summaries) provisions of the AgVet Code requires certain information and items to be included with applications.

Exporting Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals

A certificate for export of chemical product is a document that provides information about an agricultural or veterinary chemical product, a manufacturing site or an active constituent for export purposes.

Manufacture of Veterinary Chemicals

Veterinary chemical products are subject to a registration process that requires them to be fit for their intended use and to not place treated animals or users at risk due to inadequate safety, quality or efficacy. Veterinary chemical products must be manufactured in such a way that they comply with their registered particulars and that there is batch-to-batch consistency.

The APVMA operates two programs that monitor compliance with manufacturing quality standards: 

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