Industry Information and Education Sessions 2015 and 2016

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) is holding a series of Industry Information and Education Sessions throughout 2015 and 2016. These sessions will be held in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra with the first session on Monday 1 June 2015 in Sydney from 8.30am to 5pm. Registrations for Sydney are now open. APVMA expect the opening and closing sessions will last for around an hour with other sessions no longer than 80 minutes. Morning and afternoon tea, and a light lunch will be provided. After the opening and closing sessions which are for all participants, people will break into smaller rooms for regular or ‘standing’ topics which will be offered multiple times during the day and based on demand from attendees. If you have something specific you want to talk about which is not offered on the program please let us know on the registration form or email The aim is for everybody to be able to attend every topic at least once and for people to attend as many or as few sessions as they wish. Each session will provide plenty of opportunity for questions and to speak directly with APVMA staff and the CEO. The Canberra sessions will be two day events with a feature session on the first day and the regular topic program on day two. The following topics are proposed for the first session in Sydney. The actual program will be developed around demand from the people who register to attend and it is expected the final program to be available mid May 2015.


Opening session (all participants)


  • Welcome from the CEO and an outline of the day
  • The APVMA 2016 and beyond
  • Administrative plans to manage applications caught by transitional arrangements —what to expect from the APVMA


Seeking Assistance (smaller groups)


  • An update on pre-application assistance—processes, fees and expectations
  • The difference between a general enquiry, pre-application assistance and an item 25 application?


From Preliminary Assessment to Registration (smaller groups)

  • demystifying the processes and what to expect from the APVMA as applications progress


Making an application (smaller groups)


  • Data requirements, quality and making the scientific argument—what people need to know when preparing and compiling information for an application
  • An update on reference products, CCI and notifiable variations


Computer based learning—these sessions will be at a computer (smaller groups)


  • Navigating the online application
  • Dashboard features
  • The new security module


Chemical review (smaller groups)


  • New legislation and transitioning current reviews to the new work plan and timeline requirements
  • An update on the chemical review ‘prioritisation’ process and consultation
  • Chemical review plenary discussion


Regulatory science – strategy and developments


  • Establishment of the Office of the Chief Scientist
  • What is regulatory science?
  • Communicating regulatory science
  • Developing a science strategy
  • Improving existing and adopting new risk assessment methodologies


Closing session (all participants)


  • An update on the regulator performance framework project
  • Progress on consultation on an international assessments policy
  • Closing remarks from the CEO


Dates and locations


The two year schedule for the sessions is:

  • Sydney on 1 June 2015
  • Melbourne in August 2015
  • Canberra in October/November (two day session)
  • Melbourne in May 2016
  • Sydney in August 2016
  • Canberra in October/November 2016 (two day session)

Places are limited so register now for Sydney on 1 June 2015.

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