During 2005, a review of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) fees resulted in an outcome that did not realistically reflect the animal health industry's position.
Animal Health Alliance (Australia) Ltd believes that only a viable, transparent, cost effective APVMA will win community acceptance. The industry stated its position during the review negotiations, including a sales cap on the levy, the annual levy to be charged from the first dollar of sales, fees to be charged for permits, abolition of annual renewal fees, full cost recovery on application fees with a mechanism for payment over time and government contribution to non core APVMA activities.
The amended APVMA fee structure does not address a number of industry's concerns, including the full cost recovery on application fees and the percentage figure imposed for the sales levy.
The Alliance has been actively involved and made the following submission to this review -
The Alliance was successful in ensuring that the APVMA annual cost of running the MLS will be recouped via product re-registration rather than by an additional sales levy imposed on members products.