New ‘emerging technologies’ webpage


The APVMA supports innovation and the development of new technologies that support Australian growers and protect the health and safety of people, animals and the environment.

Shortly we will launch a new webpage that will serve as the first point of reference for stakeholders interested in the APVMA’s position on emerging technology. The release of this webpage will feature RPAS technology (Remotely Piloted Aerial Spraying).

In June 2019, to aid regulatory understanding of RPAS, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Pesticides (WPP) set up a working group to consider the application of plant protection products by RPAS, with its first task to review what regulatory acceptable data currently exists. The outcome of this review will be published on our website shortly under the title State of the Knowledge Literature Review on Unmanned Aerial Spray Systems in Agriculture.

The document will also provide detailed background about the quality of the available data and an insight into the type of equipment being used (e.g. single rotor and multi-rotor, boom and nozzle configurations), the way in which it is being used (e.g. common flight heights and speeds), potential levels of drift in comparison to existing application methods, and recommend areas for development for regulatory purposes.

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~sAPVMA, 20 September 2021