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Corporate profile and purpose

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is the independent statutory authority responsible for the assessment, registration and regulation of agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals in Australia.

Agvet chemical products must be evaluated and registered by the APVMA before they can be legally sold, supplied or used in Australia.

More than 11 600 pesticide and veterinary medicine products are currently registered in Australia, including products for treating crop and garden diseases and pests, and medicines for treating livestock and companion animals.

The APVMA takes a systematic, scientific, evidence-based approach to decision making and operations. We evaluate the safety and performance of chemicals intended for sale in Australia to protect the health and safety of people, animals, crops and the environment. Registered products must also not jeopardise Australia’s trade with other countries.

Our work supports primary industries by enabling the supply of safe and effective animal health and crop protection products. Our work also supports consumers by ensuring that domestic pesticides and companion animal products are safe to use.

Our role extends beyond registration of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines to encompass a range of activities aimed at protecting Australians, and ensuring that products are safe. We license and audit veterinary medicine manufacturers to ensure that they adhere to APVMA-prescribed manufacturing standards. We manage an Adverse Experience Reporting Program to ensure early detection of unforeseen problems with registered chemicals. We also monitor the market for compliance, and review and take regulatory action on registered products when concerns are raised.

The APVMA is a portfolio agency of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, under the Minister for Agriculture, Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie.