Regulatory Update #98

9 April - 23 April 2010

APVMA website unavailable Saturday 24 April 2010

The APVMA website and associated online services will be unavailable on Saturday 24 April 2010 from 3:00am to 11:00pm due to scheduled maintenance. The APVMA wishes to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Suspension of quintozene approvals and registrations

On 12 April 2010, the APVMA suspended all approvals and registrations for the fungicide quintozene following detection of dioxin contamination. Quintozene products cannot be supplied or used in Australia until further notice.

Consultation on the operation and future directions of the AgQA Scheme

The APVMA invites comment on a draft report of the review into the Quality Assurance Scheme for Agricultural Active Constituents and Agricultural Chemical Products (AgQA Scheme). The draft report follows consultation workshops held in 2009. Submissions close 5pm, Friday 7 May 2010.

Consultation on a proposal to improve the efficiency of label approval and regulation

The APVMA has developed a Reform Proposal to Improve the Efficiency of Label Approval and Regulation and is seeking to consult with industry and other interested stakeholders on its operational aspects. Submissions close 5pm, Wednesday 19 May 2010.

Managing spray drift risk - priority list for implementation of spray drift label reviews

The APVMA has committed to assessing and updating the labels of all currently registered products subject to spray drift regulation to include comprehensive instructions for managing spray drift risk. A priority list of spray drift label reviews is now available.

APVMA response to 7.30 Report story

The APVMA has published a response to views expressed in a 7.30 Report story about the Noosa Fish Health Investigation on 20 April 2010. The APVMA is closely following developments and will apply its science-based regulatory powers in the most effective way once the facts have been established.

Animal health sector encouraged to adopt international perspective

The APVMA has published a response to concerns of slow assessment, testing and approving new animal treatments for the Australian market. The APVMA encourages the animal health industry to submit international chemistry assessment reports and participate in joint international assessments to allow simultaneous assessment across multiple national jurisdictions.

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