Clarification on good manufacturing practice (GMP) for veterinary chemicals

There have been recent concerns about agricultural chemical manufacturing in Australia, with reports in the media casting doubt on quality assurance testing for agricultural and veterinary chemical products. It is important that the record is set straight on this matter. There are approximately 3 200 registered veterinary chemical products available in Australia as of July 2017. Industry are well aware that each of these products types must meet the required quality standards and registration conditions. Under the code for Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP(link is external)) all veterinary chemicals are subject to testing prior to release. This testing is undertaken by a licensed or—in the case of imported products—recognised manufacturer before supply on the Australian market, unless specifically exempted under the Agvet regulations. Agricultural chemicals are also generally tested by manufacturers prior to supply into the Australian marketplace. This testing is not a mandatory requirement, but is widely practiced to ensure product quality and effectiveness.

APVMA Regulatory Update, 18 August 2017 ; http://www.apvma.gov.au