Product Registration Types
The APVMA assesses and registers agricultural chemical products and veterinary chemical products. It does not register industrial chemicals or drugs and pharmaceuticals. Industrial chemicals are assessed under the National Industrial Chemicals Notification & Assessment Scheme (external website).
Drugs and pharmaceutical products are registered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (external website).
All new agricultural and veterinary chemical products must be registered by the APVMA before they can be supplied, distributed or sold anywhere in Australia. In addition, active constituents - the substance/s in an agvet chemical product primarily responsible for a products biological or other effects - must be approved by the APVMA either before, or at the same time, that the product is being registered.
Please note: A limited number of active constituents are exempt from APVMA approval.
Variations to the formulation of a currently registered product must also be approved, as must proposed new patterns of use and new labels. This includes changes to the current use pattern or the products claims.
Please see the glossary for definitions of agricultural chemical products and veterinary chemical products.