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APVMA Response to the National Registration Scheme Review Discussion Paper

12 February 2010

The APVMA has provided its response to the discussion paper "A National Scheme for Assessment Registration and Control of Use of Agricultural Veterinary Chemicals".

In our response we indicate a number of areas where improvements should be made to the current regulatory framework. In our view the regulatory framework should:

  • have a requirement for re-registration of chemical products and re-approval of their labels after a set period of time
  • allow for an agreed timeframe between the APVMA and the applicant for determination of their registration applications on an agreed data set
  • impose positive product stewardship outcomes, such as the provision of updated safety reports after registration, as a condition of registration
  • contain a modern mix of tools to achieve regulatory compliance in the most efficient and effective manner

We also consider there are some wider policy issues that impact on the regulatory framework. They are:

  • that the framework should have a formal mechanism to determine wider policy aspects on classes of chemical products such as the use of bio-accumulative pesticides
  • the degree of precaution in the assessment framework should be clearly articulated
  • the use of chemical products needs to be underpinned by the risk assessment that authorised the release of that product onto the market

We also make comment on how the framework should deal with products that are claimed to be low risk.

See the full APVMA response to the discussion paper "A National Scheme for Assessment Registration and Control of Use of Agricultural Veterinary Chemicals" (PDF, 611kb).

Find out about more about the review of the NRS (external site)

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