Pre-application assistance

The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) has announced that the pre-application assistance arrangements have been re-designed to better meet the needs of clients. Industry has worked closely with the APVMA to co-design a new process which better manages all types of requests for assistance from applicants as well as simplifying the fee for service arrangements for pre-application assistance.


What is pre-application assistance?

Pre-application assistance is designed to give applicants the opportunity to get technical advice before submitting an application. It can also be used to obtain an appraisal on a trial protocol or for agreement to project plans for a Global Joint Review. It provides applicants with the opportunity to reduce uncertainty for a specific prospective application. It is provided on a fee-for-service basis which can take the form of a written response, a face-to-face meeting or a teleconference. The fees charged directly relate to the complexity and effort required and have been divided into three tiers.


Tier 1

This tier is designed to support the early stages of preparing an application such as guidance and clarification on the types of assessments necessary for the proposed application. For written assistance only there is a one-month timeframe for this tier which extends to two months if a meeting is requested—this allows for setting up a mutually agreeable time and date.

Tier one assistance can provide advice on:

  • planning an application;
  • the types of regulatory assessments likely to be needed for an application;
  • the relevancy of efficacy criteria;
  • likely assessment modules, fees and timeframes; and
  • clarification of guidance documents on the website.


Tier 2

This is used for technical advice to support a particular application and to give applicants greater confidence that their proposed submission will contain relevant information to address the safety, efficacy and trade criteria. There is a two-month timeframe for tier 2 and it can include a meeting if needed. Tier 2 assistance can provide advice on:

  • types of supporting data or information appropriate to the application;
  • relevance or suitability of overseas data and/or assessment reports;
  • the types of trials needed to generate appropriate data;
  • a scientific matter relevant to an application;
  • the development of an agreed project plan for a time shift application;
  • specific aspects of the design of a study or trial.


Tier 3

This advice level can include an appraisal of a specific study design and finalisation of project plans for Global Joint Reviews. There is a three-month timeframe for tier 3 and it can include a meeting if needed.


Advice provided can include:

  • appraisal of trial protocols before commencement of studies;
  • assistance on a proposed new methodology or variations to existing data guidelines for generating data;
  • finalisation of project plans for Global Joint Reviews.
  • Note: advice provided about the adequacy of trial protocols does not guarantee that the data generated from the study will satisfy the statutory criteria.

Further information is available on the APVMA website.

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