Endosulfan is a cyclodiene insecticide and acaricide used in agricultural and horticultural crops for the control of a variety of insects and mites.
On 11 October 2010 the APVMA cancelled all active constituent approvals for endosulfan. As a consequence, on 12 October 2010 the APVMA cancelled all endosulfan product registrations.
All endosulfan use must now be in accordance with phase-out instructions.
- See the media release announcing the cancellation of endosulfan
- Read the technical reports related to this decision below
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Technical reports related to the decision to cancel the registration of endosulfan, prepared by the former Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA)* and The Office of Chemical Safety and Environmental Health (OCSEH):
Status: review completed 2005
In 1995 the APVMA began a review of endosulfan because of concerns over possible risks to the public from short and long-term exposure to endosulfan residues (particularly in livestock, arising from spray drift from application to cotton and some other broad acre crops), occupational health and safety, trade and the environment.
In 2005 the APVMA released the Endosulfan Review Final Report (PDF, 1.6Mb). A key concern of the review was to prevent cattle from ingesting endosulfan residues. The APVMA imposed mandatory buffer zones for spraying and neighbourhood notification before application. Livestock must not be fed any pasture, forage or fodder treated with endosulfan.
In the review the APVMA strengthened restrictions on the supply and use of endosulfan. Endosulfan must not be used on leafy vegetables, berry fruits (including grapes), bananas, sorghum and maize, peanuts, legume vegetables, bulb vegetables, sweet corn or cole vegetables (except cabbage (head) broccoli and cauliflower). Read a full history of the review.
Endosulfan Final Review Report and Regulatory Decision:
For more information contact:
Phone: +61 2 6210 4749
Fax: +61 2 6210 4874
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