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Consultation and collaboration

Our stakeholders are at the core of our business. Consulting and working with them, and with other regulatory agencies, to ensure we meet their needs is a priority. Stakeholders from industry, chemical users, government and the community provide input and are involved in our decision making and the development of guidelines and operational policy.

We work closely with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture to ensure policy and legislation development and change are effective and best placed to help our regulated entities.

In 2018–19, the APVMA conducted 36 public consultations on a range of topics including chemical product approvals, trade advice notices, public release summaries, chemical reviews, and revisions to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The annual industry information sessions did not proceed in 2018 because the APVMA was revising its approach to engagement and exploring new ways of engaging clients and stakeholders.

International engagement

The APVMA continued its program of international engagement in 2018–19, including participating in key international scientific and regulatory forums (APVMA participation in international forums) and welcoming international visitors to the APVMA (APVMA engagement with visiting international delegations).

APVMA participation in international forums

Meeting

Contribution

Date

Participants

American Chemical Society 256th National Meeting and Exposition

Jason Lutze presented on Australia’s experiences in Joint Reviews, and attended a session on maximum residue limits harmonisation, spray drift and the use of monitoring data in regulatory assessments

August 2018

Jason Lutze

FAO/WHO Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues

Chris Schyvens and Paul Humphrey attended this meeting as invited experts

September 2018

Paul Humphrey

Chris Schyvens

VICH Anthelmintic Working Group

Teleconference with VICH Expert Working Group for Anthelmintic.

September 2018

(teleconference)

Michelle Wooster

APEC food safety cooperation forum, maximum residue limits harmonisation workshop

Participant in the APEC food safety cooperation forum

October 2018

James Deller

Diethanolamine quad countries: toxicologists

Regular teleconference with regulatory scientists from other agencies to discuss issues of common concern

October 2018

Sheila Logan

Joint FAO/WHO Stakeholders Expert Consultation Meeting on the carryover of veterinary drug residues from feed to food

Resource person and rapporteur

January 2019

James Deller

OECD Expert Group on Electronic Exchange of Pesticide Data

Observer

January 2019

David Perry

VICH 6th Public Conference and 37th VICH Standing Committee

Observer

February 2019

Alan Norden

OECD Network on Illegal trade of Pesticides

Australian representative (committee member)

February 2019

Steven Harris

7th OECD Network on Illegal Trade of Pesticides

Australian representative (committee member, active participant)

March 2019

Steven Harris

Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues

Alternate Australian delegation lead at the meeting and participant in its electronic working groups establishing codex maximum residue limits and risk assessment policy

April 2019

Jason Lutze

New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Group

Sam Margerison presented to ACVM staff on regulation of agvet chemicals in Australia. Meetings were held with staff from ACVM and the Environmental Protection Authority, discussing the process for chemistry assessments in Australia and New Zealand, and the potential for harmonisation of assessment reports and sharing of assessments between the two agencies.

May 2019

Sam Margerison

OECD Expert Group on BioPesticides meeting and bioinformatics seminar

Observer

June 2019

Alan Norden

OECD 34th Working Group on Pesticides and Risk Reduction Seminar

The APVMA was Chair of two expert groups and participated in several others

June 2019

Alan Norden

OECD Residues Chemistry Expert Group

Jason Lutze is the Chair of the OECD Residues Chemistry Expert Group

Ongoing teleconferences

Jason Lutze

OECD Working Group on Residues Definition

Participant

Ongoing teleconferences

James Deller

Jason Lutze

OECD Working Group on Technical Guideline 509 (crop field trials)

Participant

Ongoing teleconferences

James Deller

APEC = Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation; FAO = Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; OECD = Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; VICH = International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products; WHO = World Health Organization

APVMA engagement with visiting international delegations

Meeting

Date

Participants

South Korea Rural Development Authority

September 2018

Jason Lutze

Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture

November 2018

Jason Lutze

James Deller

Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency

November 2018

Alan Norden

Maggie Hardy

Saudi Arabia Food and Drug Authority, CEO

November 2018

Jason Lutze

Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

March 2019

James Deller

New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries

May 2019

Sam Margerison

Saudi Arabia Food and Drug Authority, technical specialists

June 2019

Gaye Weller

James Deller