Animal Health Alliance (Australia) Ltd is actively involved in harmonising technical requirements for animal health product registration through a number of routes. International harmonisation can promote trade and reduce costs for registrants without compromising on safety or efficacy.
Animal Health Alliance (Australia) Ltd efforts in international harmonisation continue and include:
- Supporting the adoption of Codex Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) at the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods. Our work towards Codex MRLs, which are widely recognised around the world, helps open and facilitate trade in animal produce which has been treated with veterinary chemicals.
- Chairing the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, the International Harmonisation Working Group on Ectoparasiticide Efficacy Guidelines for Registration. This working group enabled the Australia, European Union, New Zealand, South Africa and United States of America representatives to complete efficacy data guidelines for biting/nuisance flies, myiasis flies, lice and mites. These guidelines are to be published in the journal Veterinary Parasitology in the coming year.
- Participating in the International Harmonisation Working Group developing the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology Ectoparasiticide Efficacy Guidelines relating to fleas and ticks on dogs and cats.
- Joining with regulators and other industry organisations from around the world to develop the VICH five year strategy for 2006-2010. This strategy will include the development of new guidelines, with an increased emphasis on cost/benefit analysis. Regular monitoring and updating of the guidelines will become more important.
- The Alliance was a member of the Ad Hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance for the duration of the group from 2006 to 2010. The Task Force was established to evaluate not only antimicrobial resistant micro-organisms, but also risk assesment related to antimicrobial resistance determinants.
Trans-Tasman harmonisation relates to the regulatory systems that govern industry products in Australia and New Zealand.
Animal Health Alliance (Australia) Ltd’s position is that the continuing exemption given to veterinary chemical registration from the Trans-Tasman harmonisation negations should remain.
There are fundamental differences between the approaches of the Australian and New Zealand regulatory schemes. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) system takes a more rigorous, science based risk analysis process, while the New Zealand system is inherently hazard focused.
The Alliance supports the Australian system that serves the needs of farmers and the community more effectively by supporting human safety, environment and trade.
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