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Australian Regulator Releases World-First Electronic Application Tool

7 May 2007

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The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), the national regulator of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, has today released a world-leading electronic application system that will produce significant benefits to industry in its dealing with the Authority.

“The Electronic Application and Registration System (EARS) offers industry the opportunity to electronically submit and monitor applications for the registration of agricultural and veterinary chemicals,” Tony de la Fosse, Program Manager (Corporate Services) said today.

“This system, which will streamline the application process and thus create efficiencies both for business and the APVMA, is a ground-breaking innovation at the international level.”

“While other regulators around the world are working toward the development of similar systems the APVMA is the first agvet regulator to have launched such an application,” he said.

Developed by APVMA staff, EARS will make it easier for industry to provide the detailed information the APVMA requires for it to assess the efficacy and safety of chemical products.

The EARS software provides an easy-to-use intelligent system to compile an application with validation to help ensure a correct and complete application.  Submission is through a secure encrypted connection over the Internet, which will provide a fast and efficient method for lodging an application to the APVMA.  Payments can also be made online and applicants will be able to check the status of current application submissions lodged with the APVMA. 

“The release of EARS comes a couple of weeks after the release of an international benchmarking study of animal health regulators which ranked the APVMA as an international leader in its field of activity,” Mr de la Fosse said.

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