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Australian Agriculture and Veterinary Medicines Authority publishes draft Regulatory Considerations Report

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has published a draft report on Regulatory Considerations for Nanopesticides and Veterinary Nanomedicines. The authors state that ‘the general consensus is that, for the foreseeable future, existing regulatory frameworks developed for macroscale chemicals will be used to regulate nanomaterials. Over time, however, the framework will evolve as new information highlighting limitations in the current risk assessment paradigm becomes available’.

The draft report aims ‘to highlight the regulatory issues that need to be considered when brining AgVet products of nanotechnology into the Australian market’. This is because ‘the unique physical and chemical characteristics of nanomaterials that offer so much promise to agriculture and animal health and livestock production may also pose risks to human health and the environment’.

APVMA considers this report to be ‘a first attempt to offer a blueprint on the regulatory considerations applicable to nanotechnology in Australian agriculture and animal husbandry’. It is based around 6 chapters:

  1. ‘Nanotechnology in agriculture and animal husbandry: an introduction
  2. Legislative and Policy Considerations in the Australian Regulatory framework
  3. Definitions, nanometrology, physicochemical properties
  4. Manufacture of nanomaterials
  5. Potential human health risks associated with the use of nanotechnologies in agricultural and veterinary chemicals
  6. Potential environmental risks associated with the use of nanotechnologies in agricultural and veterinary chemicals’

 

Follow this link to read the full report.

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