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

1 February 2019

© Commonwealth of Australia 2019
ISBN 978-1-76010-892-2

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View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of the committee (PDF 23KB)
Abbreviations and acronyms (PDF 28KB)
List of recommendations (PDF 10KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 56KB)

Referral of the inquiry
Conduct of the inquiry
Note on references
Structure and scope of the report
Use of pesticides and veterinary medicines in Australia
Role of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority

Chapter 2 - Performance of the APVMA (PDF 150KB)

Previously identified issues in relation to regulatory performance
History of the relocation to Armidale and identification of risks
Current implications
Global regulator trends: increasing workloads, complexity and failure to meet timeframes
Training regulatory scientists

Chapter 3 - The APVMA charging framework (PDF 150KB)

History of the government charging framework
Charging by other agencies
APVMA funding
Views regarding the impact of the APVMA funding model
Access to chemicals and veterinary medicines in Australia
Greater efficiency through the use of international data

Chapter 4 - Chemical reconsideration and innovation (PDF 148KB)

Reconsideration (chemical review)
APVMA chemical risk approach
Use of glyphosate in Australia
Innovation for Australian conditions

Chapter 5 - Transparency and community consultation (PDF 127KB)

Confidence in the regulator and industry social licence
Concerns raised about the APVMA
Consultative forums
Liaison between industry and APVMA

Chapter 6 (PDF 59KB)

Consequences of relocation
Regulator performance and efficiency
APVMA funding model and its implications
Chemical reconsideration
Transparency and community confidence

Coalition Senators’ Dissenting Report (PDF 45KB)

APVMA Performance

Greens Dissenting Report (PDF 24KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 25KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 24KB)

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