News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Regulations for veterinary medicines are streamlined

1 November 2012

Regulations for veterinary medicines are streamlined

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has streamlined the regulation of veterinary medicines by issuing four new group standards covering formulated medicines and active ingredients used in the manufacture of veterinary medicines and agrichemicals.

The standards were developed following applications by Agcarm and ARRPA, seeking a more efficient system of approval. Previously, veterinary medicines required individual approvals from the EPA. They are also regulated by the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act administered by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

Now, importers and manufacturers can assign products or substances to the new standards, providing they meet the requirements.

“Veterinary medicines are highly-controlled and comparatively low risk in terms of potential harm to individuals and the environment,” according to the EPA’s General Manager Applications and Assessment, Sarah Gardner.

“This new suite of group standards is an example of reducing unnecessary compliance costs to industry.

“We regard the development of these standards as a win for industry and a win for New Zealand as it will allow the EPA to concentrate its work on higher-risk hazardous substances,” Mrs. Gardner said.

Group standards allow substances to gain approval whilst still ensuring that the risks to human health or the environment are effectively managed by a set of conditions. These standards include various conditions and restrictions to manage the risks posed by the substances throughout their lifecycle.

For example, the restrictions detail how a substance may be used, what information must be supplied with a substance or on the label, and how a substance must be packaged, stored, handled and transported.

These new standards will come into effect on 29 November 2012. To help importers and manufacturers understand and use the group standards, the EPA will be producing an information sheet which will be available by the end of this year.

The new standards can be read in full on the EPA’s website here and here.

Any hazardous substance that is imported, manufactured or used in New Zealand must have approval under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act. Any veterinary medicine that is approved under these group standards also requires approval under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act before it can be used in New Zealand.

www.epa.govt.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Film Awards: The Dark Horse Scores Big

An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas. More>>

ALSO:

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news