Veterinary Medicines Adverse Experience Reporting
In Australia, all veterinary chemical products, which are used in the prevention and treatment of animal diseases, must be registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). This registration process ensures that products in the market have been rigorously assessed and meet high standards for safety, quality and efficacy.
In the majority of cases, veterinary chemical products serve us well; however, occasionally unforeseen problems arise from the use of these products that may affect people, animals, the environment or trade. The APVMA seeks to identify and act promptly on such ‘adverse experiences’ through the Adverse Experience Reporting Program (AERP).
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If you or anyone you know has had an adverse experience from the use of a veterinary product, we encourage you to report it to us online or by mail.
Download an adverse experience reporting form:
- Electronic (Fill in and attach with an email) (PDF, 364kb) KP83-F02(I) or
- Paper (Download and print) - (PDF, 50kb) KP83-F02(D)
- If you have been affected, seek immediate medical advice.
- If your animal has been affected, seek immediate veterinary advice.
- Ring the contact number on the product label and report your adverse experience.
- Keep any remaining product in a safe place in case a sample is required.
Information for Registrants
Section 161 of the Agvet Codes requires registrants to provide the APVMA with any new information’ that they become aware of. This ‘new information’ includes adverse experience information relating to human health issues, harm to animals, damage to plants, property or the environment and lack of efficacy when the products are used according to label directions.
Please read the following:
- AERP Guidelines for Registrants (PDF, 111kb) (KP81G01)
- Registrant Reporting Form (Periodic Summary Update - PSU) - for Veterinary Medicines (DOC, 55kb) (KP83-F05)
- Causality Assessment Algorithm (PDF, 121kb) (KP83-F06)
- Guidelines for veterinarians, animal owners and chemical users (PDF, 63kb) (KP81G02)
The APVMA publishes an annual report summarising all adverse experiences. The report outlines all incidents of adverse experience, outcomes of investigations and the course of action taken.
View annual Adverse Experience Reports.
For adverse experiences with agricultural or veterinary chemicals please contact the APVMA.
- To report an unintended effect from the use of registered agricultural or veterinary chemicals.
FreeCall: 1800 700 583 (within Australia) - charges apply for calls made from mobile phones
Fax: +61 2 6210 4776