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Australia's pesticide and veterinary regulator signs agreement with USFDA.



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Australia's pesticide and veterinary regulator signs agreement with USFDA

Australia's Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, APVMA, is to work more closely with the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) following the signing of a memorandum of understanding, the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Richard Colbeck, announced today.

The memorandum with the USFDA - whose Centre for Veterinary Medicine is responsible for the regulation of veterinary medicines in the USA - follows the recent signing of similar memorandums with Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency and Veterinary Drugs Directorate.

"APVMA, and the FDA's Centre for Veterinary Medicine, are both highly respected internationally as leaders in veterinary medicines regulation.

"Closer links will serve to improve the quality and cost efficiency of their regulatory work,'' Senator Colbeck said.

"The memorandum provides a solid basis for cooperation, in order to achieve consistent approaches to scientific risk assessment and management, and sharing important regulatory information.

"Clear benefits are already being generated from cooperation between APVMA and its Canadian counterparts under similar memorandums I announced earlier this year.

"I am confident that closer ties between APVMA and the FDA will similarly result in more efficient regulation and heightened confidence in the regulatory system.

"Both the pesticides and veterinary medicines industries are genuinely global.

"It is critically important for regulators to share their knowledge and take a global approach to regulation,'' Senator Colbeck said.

Further media inquiries:

Senator Colbeck's office: Aaron Oldaker 03 6424 5960 or 0408 826 330

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