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Stabilised operational performance
On-time assessment of agricultural and veterinary chemical products, permits and active ingredients increased from 73 per cent in 2017–18 to 85 per cent in 2018–19. The APVMA continued to promote the use of international assessments to reduce burden and assessment timeframes for applicants. This year, international assessments contributed to the assessment of 16 products, and supported the residues assessment on a further 24 applications for minor use or emergency permit. In June 2019, we issued a Proposed Regulatory Decision on the insecticide chlorpyrifos to suspend and cancel uses in domestic and home garden settings, and in certain public spaces.
We established the Office of the Chief Regulatory Scientist, combining our post-registration activities (including Compliance, Adverse Experience Reporting, Manufacturing Quality and Licensing, and Chemical Review), knowledge management and learning and development functions under a single branch. This initiative better aligns the APVMA’s operating model, and supports our capacity to continuously improve our science quality through coordinated end-to-end analysis of our regulatory activities, identify opportunities for process improvement across the agency, and position us to learn of emerging issues and trends in the agvet industry.