The APVMA welcomes its new Principal Scientist, Pesticides Program
Dr Les Davies, the new APVMA Principal Scientist, Pesticides Program.
3 March 2011
Following five years as the APVMA’s Manager of Chemical Review, Dr Les Davies has been appointed as Acting Principal Scientist, Pesticides Program.
Dr Davies replaces Dr David Loschke who will formally retire from the APVMA in early 2012.
Dr Davies has a PhD in Neurochemistry from the Australian National University (ANU). Following an active research career in biochemical pharmacology with various research organisations including the Max-Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany, the Roche Research Institute for Marine Pharmacology in Sydney, the University of Sydney, and the ANU, he joined the public service as a Senior Toxicologist with the Department of Health in Canberra. Here, he was responsible for toxicological and chemical risk assessments for the regulation of therapeutic drugs and then, agricultural and veterinary chemicals.
During his time with the health department he had an active and ongoing involvement in international programs related to chemicals regulation and risk assessment, including the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Pesticides Forum (now the Working Group on Pesticides), the World Health Organization (WHO)/Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Program on Chemical Safety (IPCS) and UNEP work on chemical treaties. Currently he is a member of the Toxicology Panel of the Joint WHO/FAO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR).
With over 70 research publications in refereed journals and several book chapters, Dr Davies’ chemical regulatory activities have included managing the preparation of a human health risk assessment report on dioxins in Australia, consolidating Australian regulatory agency views on the assessment of endocrine active substances, and assisting in the development of Australian technical policy for the establishment of Acute Reference Doses as health standards.
The Principal Scientist role performs three main objectives:
- improving the quality of scientific work at the APVMA
- increasing national and international credibility by external representation
- effectively managing science-related projects and issues within the APVMA
“I look forward to supporting the APVMA as an organisation that bases its regulatory decisions on good science and sound scientific principles” Dr Davies said. "On behalf of the APVMA I would like to acknowledge the outstanding work that Dr Loschke carried out during his tenure at the APVMA, not the least of which was developing the methods and scientific principles the APVMA now uses to assess and manage spray drift issues".