Regulatory Update #40

13 October - 26 October 2007

APVMA responds to Sydney Morning Herald special investigation

Commencing October 22, the Sydney Morning Herald printed a series of articles critical of the chemical regulation system in Australia in general and the APVMA in particular. Many of the criticisms were unfounded and misleading. The APVMA responded with an open letter in the Herald on October 25 and has sought a formal right of reply. Our response to some of the key criticisms in the articles.

Listed and reserved chemical products - Amendments to Agvet Code Regulations

Amendments have been made to the Agvet Code Regulations to list two classes of chemical products that may be granted listed registration and 11 classes of chemical products that are reserved from registration in accordance with the Agvet Codes. Read full details of the changes.

Annual Report 06/07

The APVMA’s has tabled its latest annual report  in parliament and the report is now available for download from the site. 

Registration forms on the website

We’ve updated all of the product registration forms on our website after a number of people reported problems with accessing and using them. When using forms from our website, please ensure you save a copy to your computer desktop before starting to fill it in.To find a form, click on the forms link found at the top of each APVMA website page and choose the first link Registering a chemical product. If you have any further difficulties with downloading or using the forms please report to the contact officer for the relevant program:
Pesticides Contact Officer; Veterinary Medicines Contact Officer

Revised operational notice for natural health products

Written comments are invited on a draft revision of the APVMA’s operational notice Natural Health Products are they Veterinary Medicines? The new draft and existing notice are available on the public consultation page.

Keep up to date with all public consultations

The public consultation page lists all current documents open for public consultation.Bookmark the consultations page to keep up to date.

Reporting problems with our website

If you encounter any problems with our website please let us know and we will endeavour to fix it promptly.

Your report should include:

  • The address or exact title of the last working page you visited
  • Details of any links that aren’t working
  • A description of any other issues.


Maximum Residue Limits have been updated for October.

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