APVMA: We’re listening. New communication and consultation policy

The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) has announced that it is entering into significant reforms and as stakeholders have always been important contributors to the effective and efficient operation of the organisation, it is seeking your views on how to improve the way we work with stakeholders through the development of a formal communication and consultation policy. APVMA believe stakeholders to be any individual, group or business with a vested interest in the outcome of a particular matter before the APVMA. Stakeholders include: Australian, state and territory governments; the chemicals industry; users of agricultural and veterinary medicines; other state, territory and international regulators; the community. Recently, APVMA issued a discussion paper and are now interested in gathering information on the thoughts and views of its stakeholders. This document is not a settled or even a draft policy position, APVMA want to hear from the stakeholders first before taking the next steps. The agency is interested in finding out what is important to stakeholders in terms of future communication and consultation with the agency. APVMA has noted that it may be involved in a range of consultations and discussions with stakeholders relating to reform of the agency’s governing legislation in early 2012. It is outside of the scope of the discussion paper to consider comments and submissions that address these matters. If you are interested in these matters, please view information available on the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s website, www.daff.gov.au. Comments should be submitted to the agency by 6 March 2012.

Australian Pesticide & Veterinary Medicine Authority, 14 February 2012 ;http://www.apvma.gov.au ;