25 September 2023

Pesticide agency’s birthday takes the cake

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The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is marking its 25th anniversary this year.

Established in June 1993 as the National Registration Authority, the APVMA has earned a reputation for scientific expertise and innovation as the national regulator of agricultural and veterinary chemicals in Australia.

Chief Executive of APVMA, Chris Parker said the Agency’s record was one of achievement in productive collaboration with other Australian and international regulators.

“Our international collaborations have produced first approval of a new active constituent in 2007 through a joint review with the United States and Canada, and the first ever trilateral review of a veterinary medicine [Metacam for use on sheep] in 2016,” Dr Parker said.

“Our regulation has responded to the demands of a changing climate, new technology and shifting industry practice to keep people and animals safe and support productive agricultural industries.”

He said that in the past month Australian farmers had become the first in the world to gain access to new chemical technologies with the approval of afidopyropen and Duddingtonia flagrans, thanks to the efforts of the APVMA.

“We have fostered solid working relationships with industry peak bodies, including CropLife, Animal Medicines Australia, National Farmers Federation, Veterinary Manufacturers and Distributors Association, Cotton Australia, AusVeg, and GrainGrowers,” Dr Parker said.

“Most importantly, the APVMA has worked with industry these past 25 years to ensure the chemicals they bring to market are safe and effective.”

A timeline of APVMA’s 25-years of milestones can be accessed at this PS News link.

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