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Preliminary announcement on agvet chemicals regulation reform

13 May 2011

In 2010, the Australian Government identified the regulation of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals as an important area of reform.

In a post-budget breakfast speech on Wednesday 11 May, Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry provided initial details of the reform to agvet chemical regulation in Australia. This follows consultation on the November 2010 policy discussion paper, Better Regulation of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (external site).

While the reform focuses on a range of areas, the Minister’s speech this week gave an insight into three of the reform outcomes:

  1. Implementing complete risk frameworks for agvet chemicals assessment and review
    A comprehensive, publically available risk framework will be introduced. This will increase transparency in the system and further allow industry and the APVMA to target risk using limited resources, more effectively.

  2. Improving the quality and efficiency of agvet chemical assessment and registration processes
    The Government will establish clear legislated timeframes for the completion of assessments and reviews to provide certainty to business and the community about review periods. The Government will also look at ways to strengthen data protection for new applications.

  3. Enhancing the agvet chemical review arrangements
    A re-registration system will be introduced. The process will be commenced by releasing draft legislation for consultation in the coming months. This will propose a three-staged approach to re-registration, which will ensure resources within industry and the APVMA are focused on those chemicals with the highest risk. Improved data protection will also be provided under the re-registration system.

The APVMA and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry are continuing to inform the policy development process and preparing to develop processes to implement the Government’s reforms once the specific nature of the reforms has been announced.

More information 

APVMA arrangements to respond to Better Regulation Partnership reforms – 22 December 2010

Contact

Agvet Chemicals – Early Harvest and APVMA Reforms Team
Agricultural Productivity Division
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

GPO Box 858
CANBERRA ACT 2601

Phone: 02 6272 3363
Email: agvetreform@daff.gov.au

Last updated on 13 May, 2011
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