The Taskforce develops policy and prepares advice on matters relating to improving the regulation of agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines (agvet chemicals) by the independent regulator, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). The Australian agvet chemicals market is relatively small and highly regulated. While Australian agvet chemical regulation reflects best practice, it is unique. Australia’s agricultural systems and pests (such as sheep drenching and fruit fly control) also differ from those used in the major chemical markets in Europe and North America. As a result, before being registered in Australia, agvet chemicals (particularly those involving new chemistries or uses) require lengthy and expensive data collection and assessment processes. Delayed access to new chemicals and to uses available overseas can hinder productivity growth. The Australian agvet chemical market lags behind global markets in some areas, such as for medicines tailored to genetics. The Taskforce works with the APVMA, various state and territory government bodies, and agvet chemical and end-user representative organisations on: • supporting delivery of the government’s election commitment to relocate the APVMA to create a Centre of Agricultural Excellence at the University of New England in Armidale, New South Wales • streamlining agvet chemicals regulation to improve the efficiency and speed of registering agvet chemicals for use in Australia and maintaining their registration •working with the state and territory governments and agvet chemical industries on national agvet chemicals policy, including harmonising national agvet chemicals regulatio •improving agvet chemicals users’ access to chemicals for minor uses, through administering the Access to Industry Priority Uses of Agvet Chemicals grants programme •contributing to meeting Australia’s obligations under international treaties and forums relating to pesticides and veterinary chemicals, including issuance of export and import permits, as the Designated National Authority for agricultural chemicals, to meet obligations under the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

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    GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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