Australian industry backs regulatory reform
The Australian industry association, CropLife Australia, has welcomed comments by Agriculture Minister Tony Burke that the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) requires fundamental reform. Speaking at the ABARE Outlook conference in Canberra this month, Mr Burke called for “greater efficiency” from the APVMA. “I don’t believe for a minute that the current framework under which the APVMA is operating is the ideal landing point,” Mr Burke said. Various options for reforming the activities of the APVMA are being considered by the government ( Agrow No 586, p 18).