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Primary Production

Agricultural and Veterinary Products Used in Primary Industries, which Contain Chemicals

 

Department

 

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) – http://www.daff.gov.au/

 

Regulatory standard-setting body

 

Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) (Statutory Authority FMA) – http://www.apvma.gov.au/

APVMA oversees agricultural chemical products which control pests (including animals, plants or other biological entities) and veterinary products (including chemical products which are used to prevent, diagnose or treat diseases in animals).

 

Many agricultural/veterinary (Agvet) chemical products may present a risk of poisoning if improperly used, and the outcome of the APVMA’s assessment process is to approve a label containing adequate instructions for the safe and effective use of each product.

 

In granting registration the APVMA must be satisfied that the use of the product in accordance with those instructions would not pose an undue risk to people, the environment or to trade – and that it would be effective. Agvet chemical products are subject to poisons scheduling consideration through the assessment processes.

 

Amongst Agvet products registered by the APVMA are chemical products that are used in the household (such as insect sprays and personal insect repellents), products for controlling weeds and plant diseases in the home garden, swimming pool chemicals, and medicines for companion animals such as dogs, cats and horses

Assessment body

 

Biosecurity Services Group (BSG) – http://www.daff.gov.au/bsg

 

Ministerial council

 

Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) – http://www.mincos.gov.au/about_pimc

 

Standing committees

 

Primary Industries Standing Committee (PISC) –http://www.mincos.gov.au/pi_standing_committee

 

Product Safety and Integrity Committee (PSIC) – http://www.daff.gov.au/agriculture-food/food/regulation-safety/
ag-vet-chemicals/domestic-policy/psic

 

Animal Welfare and Product Integrity Taskforce (AWPIT) – http://www.daff.gov.au/agriculture-food/food/
regulation-safety/ag-vet-chemicals/domestic-policy/psic

 

Acts and regulations

 

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Act 1994
http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2004C00810

 

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Administration) Amendment Act 1994

http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2004A04752

 

 

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Products (Collection of Levy) Act 1994 http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/aavcpola1994626/

 

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Code Act 1994http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2005C00459

 

Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Products Levy Imposition (Customs) Acts 1994 - http://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2004C00812

 

Frameworks

 

National Registration Scheme for Agvet Chemicals – http://www.apvma.gov.au/about/nrs/index.php

 

Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) Set by FSANZ and APVMA – http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/foodstandards/
changingthecode/maximumresiduelimits/
and http://www.apvma.gov.au/residues/standard.php

 

International bodies

 

International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (VICH) – http://www.fda.gov/InternationalPrograms/
HarmonizationInitiatives/ucm114624.htm

 

FAO Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides - http://www.fao.org/docrep/005/y4544e/y4544e00.htm

 

Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) –http://www.unitar.org/cwm/ghs

 

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