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Registration of Arsenic Based Timber Treatments to be Reviewed

Ref: APVMA 03/2
Date: 13 March 2003

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is to conduct a review of arsenic based timber treatments according to APVMA principal scientist Dr David Loschke.

'The decision to review the registration of these products follows international reports of new scientific information that suggests possible risks associated with their use,' Dr Loschke said.

'We have developed a scope document for the review that sets out clearly what we see to be the issues surrounding these products, defines what the review will address and outlines the data the APVMA requires to conduct its review,' Dr Loschke said.

'We are particularly interested in examining the potential for exposure of people to the chemicals when they are contained in treated timber products, for example in playground equipment,' he said.

'We will also be looking closely at possible environmental impacts associated with their use.'

The scope document can be found on the APVMA website at Arsenic Review Scope document.

'The APVMA review is occurring at the same time as similar investigations are being conducted in North America and Europe,' he said.

'Interested parties are invited to make submissions to the review which should reach the APVMA no later than 31 May 2003,' Dr Loschke said.

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is the national regulator of agricultural and veterinary chemicals. The authority has recently changed its name from the National Registration Authority for Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals.