Archive for the Category: APVMA – Regulation of Ag & Vet Chemicals in Australia
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.
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?
I was fortunate to be able to attend the Biopesticide Registration Improvement Course (BRIC) held 13-15 April 2011 at the US EPA headquarters in Arlington Virginia, USA. Representatives from US EPA, Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency as well as industry representatives from all NAFTA countries were present. Full marks to the organisers who pulled together [...]