Author Archives: Mike Tichon
Australian pesticide regulator’s ‘Risk Analysis Framework’ – does it provide transparency to the risk assessment process?
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) published a draft Risk Analysis Framework in November 2011 (see http://www.apvma.gov.au/consultation/public/2012/risk_analysis_framework.php). While publication of the Risk Analysis Framework should improve transparency about the way decisions are made within APVMA and should help all stakeholders to understand what data the regulator needs to enable it to make its decisions, lack of clarity within the Framework results in the document failing to clarify what data are required by the regulator.
AQIS stopped issuing ‘Instruments of Approval’ (IOAs) and ‘Letters of Acceptance’ (LOAs) on 1 July 2011 (see AQIS Meat Notice Number 2011/05: http://bit.ly/nRu9tI). Existing IOAs and LOAs will remain effective until they expire. A system of self-declarations issued by the manufacturers/suppliers of chemicals has been proposed by AQIS to replace the IOAs and LOAs.
Over the last 100 years our knowledge of “poisons” has increased dramatically. We can look back now at some of the products used in the early 20th Century and we ask how could anybody have been so stupid. What have we learned from these early experiences?