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Annual Return of Actives

A reminder that the annual return of active constituents imported, manufactured and exported for the 16-17 financial year is required to be lodged with the APVMA by 30 September. As well there there is a requirement to retain this information for 6 years.

The data is required for approved active constituent on its own and as active constituent in registered products.

The APVMA does have an online reporting system via the APVMA portal.

For companies that utilise a nominated agent in Australia, the nominated agent can undertake this reporting on their behalf.

The team at De Groot Technical Services and Australian Nonimated Agent are able assist in this reporting requirement.


APVMA Assessment Performance

The serious impact of the relocation of the APVMA from Canberra to Armidale continues to be highlighted across the agricultural chemical and veterinary medicine industry sectors.

Read more: APVMA Assessment Performance


Glyphosate Safe to Use

Following a IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) report which listed glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" the APVMA have completed an extensive risk assessment of the chemicals safety. The APVMA assessment has concluded that the use of glyphosate in Australia when used in accordance with the label directions, does not pose a cancer risk.


Read more: Glyphosate Safe to Use


APVMA Detains Unregistered Product


The importance of adherence to the registered particulars and conditions of registration have recently been dramatically demonstrated by actions taken by the APVMA in detaining around 40 tonnes of glyphosate and trifluralin. Under the Agvet Code if products are found not to comply with the APVMA Register (for Chemical Products) then they are deemed not registered. 

Read more: APVMA Detains Unregistered Product


Changes in Use of Confidential Commercial Information

The APVMA have relaxed the requirements for registration of generic products around use of Confidential Commercial Information. 

Read more: Changes in Use of Confidential Commercial Information


Special Edition Newsletter - GHS

Time is running out! After the 31 December 2016 all workplace chemicals must be classified to GHS criteria. This edition of Despatches is now available for viewing on our website.

Please click GHS Compliance to be re-directed.



De Groots attending Canberra APVMA Information and Education sessions

The next Information and Education sessions to held by the APVMA are scheduled for Canberra from 8 to 9 Novemeber. These sessions are an excellent opportunity for updating knowledge, networking and gaining a better understanding of the regulatory requirements. A number of consultants from De Groot Technical Services will be attending the two day program. Learnings from the sessions will be shared across our team to ensure that our product development and regulatory activities are aligned with the current requirements.

Read more: De Groots attending Canberra APVMA Information and Education sessions


Annual Reporting of Actives

The APVMA require companies to report the amount of active constituents that have been imported into Australia during the 2015/16 financial year. These reports which can be lodged online  are due by the end of September, however the APVMA will continue to accept reports up until 21 October.

Read more: Annual Reporting of Actives


APVMA Industry Sessions

THe next APVMA information and and training event will be held in Canberra on 8 and 9 November 2016. These events are an excellent way to update general knowledge on the regulatory processes and on the recent changes with APVMA requirements for submissions.

Read more: APVMA Industry Sessions


Proposal To Use New Zealand Registration For Australian Companion Animal Veterinary Chemicals

APVMA are seeking feedback from industry regarding the introduction of a new process that will enable registration of veterinary chemicals in Australia by recognizing the assessments and decisions made in New Zealand for non-food producing animals.

APVMA will still be required to assess applications against Australian statutory criteria, however, the NZ assessment may be useful as a ‘reference’ in the decision-making when registering veterinary chemicals for non-food producing animals.

You can submit your feedback from 19 September to 4 November 2016.

For further information visit the APVMA website.


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