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National Food Waste Strategy

 Following a Summit held in November 17 more details are available on the National Food Waste Strategy which provides a framework towards halving Australia's food waste by 2030.

Read more: National Food Waste Strategy


Updated List of Exempt Actives

The APVMA has published an updated list of "Active constituents exempt from the requirements of APVMA approval for use in agricultural or veterinary chemical products".

The list is available on the APVMA website. Approval by the APVMA of active constituents in this list is not required.

However be aware that the APVMA has established standards for some exempt actives which must be complied with.



Summer 2017 Newsletter

The Summer 2017 De Groot Technical Services Newsletter contains articles on ensuring compliance with registered details held by the APVMA, the ongoing debate around the herbicide glyphosate, the current review of gene technology regulations and some changes with New Zealand EPA.

Use this link to access the Summer 2017 Newsletter


More on a Good News Story

In the Spring 17 edition of the De Groot Technical Services Newsletter is an article under the heading of 'A Good News Story" relating to the dramatic increase in food production and the impressive trend in improving world health. 

Read more: More on a Good News Story


Introducing De Groot Technical Services

Looking for a short overview on De Groot Technical Services?

This PDF brochure provides an outline of who we are, the services we provide and why we believe you should choose our team for your product development and regulatory work.

Introducing De Groot Technical Services


Spring 2017 Newsletter

The Spring 2017 edition of the De Groot Technical Services Newsletter is now available. This edition discusses the increasing importance of "Getting It Right First Time" when submitting applications for approval and registrations to the APVMA. This is particularly so considering the delays currently being experienced in assessment times due to the relocation of the APVMA from Canberra to Armadale. The Spring edition also introduces Yasser Sokeirik with his broad ranging expertise with a focus on chemistry.

Spring 2017 Newsletter





Fines for Contaminated Hervbicide

The APVMA has fined a national chemical manufacturer / formulator a total of $100,000 for the supply of contaminated herbicides. The herbicides contained additional chemical actives other than those listed in the registered formulation.

Read more: Fines for Contaminated Hervbicide


Annual Return of Actives

A reminder that the annual return of active constituents imported, manufactured and exported for the 16-17 financial year is required to be lodged with the APVMA by 30 September. As well there there is a requirement to retain this information for 6 years.

The data is required for approved active constituent on its own and as active constituent in registered products.

The APVMA does have an online reporting system via the APVMA portal.

For companies that utilise a nominated agent in Australia, the nominated agent can undertake this reporting on their behalf.

The team at De Groot Technical Services and Australian Nonimated Agent are able assist in this reporting requirement.


APVMA Assessment Performance

The serious impact of the relocation of the APVMA from Canberra to Armidale continues to be highlighted across the agricultural chemical and veterinary medicine industry sectors.

Read more: APVMA Assessment Performance


Glyphosate Safe to Use

Following a IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) report which listed glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" the APVMA have completed an extensive risk assessment of the chemicals safety. The APVMA assessment has concluded that the use of glyphosate in Australia when used in accordance with the label directions, does not pose a cancer risk.


Read more: Glyphosate Safe to Use


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