The independence of regulatory decisions made by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA)

On 16 October 2018, the Senate moved that the following matters be referred to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee for inquiry and report by 1 February 2019:

The independence of regulatory decisions made by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), with particular reference to:

  1. the responsiveness and effectiveness of the APVMA’s process for reviewing and reassessing the safety of agricultural chemicals in Australia, including glyphosate, and how this compares with equivalent international regulators;
  2. the funding arrangements of the APVMA, comparisons with equivalent agricultural chemical regulators internationally and any impact these arrangements have on independent evidence-based decision making;
  3. the roles and responsibilities of relevant departments and agencies of Commonwealth, state and territory governments in relation to the regulation of pesticides and veterinary chemicals;
  4. the need to ensure Australia’s farmers have timely access to safe, environmentally sustainable and productivity enhancing products;
  5. the impact of the APVMA’s relocation on its capability to undertake chemical reviews in a timely manner; and
  6. any other related matters.

Submissions should be received by 14 November 2018.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3511
Fax: +61 2 6277 5811
rrat.sen@aph.gov.au

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