Chapter 2Organisation Overview

Governing legislation

The APVMA operates under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Act 1992 (Administration Act). Its principal responsibilities are prescribed in the Administration Act and the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 (Agvet Code). The Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Amendment Act 2010 contains five amendments to the Schedule to the Agvet Code.

The Administration Act sets out the APVMA’s role as an independent statutory authority for undertaking the responsibilities conferred on it by the states and territories under the National Registration Scheme. The Agvet Code makes provision for the evaluation, registration and control of pesticides and veterinary medicines and for related matters.

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