APVMA Nanotechnology Regulation Symposium 2014



Nanotechnologies for pesticides and veterinary medicines: regulatory considerations—final report has been released. The report looks at the benefits and challenges of regulating nanotechnology for use in agriculture and animal husbandry.

APVMA Nanotechnology Regulation Symposium 2014

The APVMA hosted a symposium on nanotechnology regulation at the Shine Dome in Canberra on 28 October 2014.

The symposium sought input from industry, scientists, regulators and the broader community on developing a regulatory framework for nanotechnologies in Australian agriculture and animal husbandry.

More than 120 people attended and contributed to discussion on the properties of nanomaterials, manufacturing, human health and environmental considerations.

The program was based on the APVMA draft report Regulatory considerations for nanopesticides and veterinary medicines, released in early October 2014.

The report was the first of its kind to be released in draft for public exposure and discussion. National and international comment was received, much of it supporting the release and discussion of the working document.

During the symposium, the APVMA’s Dr Phil Reeves, who produced the report, emphasised the importance of consultation and engagement when dealing with emerging technologies and encouraged further constructive feedback from participants.

The APVMA has released the final document, available here.


Dr Norman Swan (facilitator)

Producer and presenter of the ABC’s Health Report, Dr Swan is a multi-award winning producer and broadcaster, combining medical expertise with investigative reporting and clear analysis.

He has won numerous awards including a Gold Citation in the United National Media Peace Prizes for his radio work, three Walkley National Awards for Australian journalism and was awarded Australia’s top prize for science journalism, the Michael Daly Award in 1989. Dr Swan was the Australian correspondent for the Journal of the American Medical Association and has consulted for WHO in Geneva.

Dr Andrew Bartholomaeus

Dr Bartholomaeus has worked as a toxicologist in agricultural, veterinary and industrial chemicals, complementary medicines, and gene technology chemical regulatory areas.

He held senior positions at TGA and FSANZ, is an Adjunct Professor at the UQ Medical School, Adjunct Professor of Toxicology and Pharmacy at UC, a member of the health faculty advisory board at RMIT, a prior member of the International Life Sciences Institute International Food Biotechnology Committee Steering Group and member of the Society of Toxicology and ACTRA.

Dr Graeme Batley

Dr Batley is Chief Research Scientist and a past Director of the Centre for Environmental Contaminants Research, CSIRO Land and Water. He is one of Australia’s leading researchers of trace contaminants in aquatic systems.

He was a lead author of the water and sediment quality guidelines for Australia and New Zealand in 2000 and is involved in the updating of toxicant guidelines. He has been researching nanomaterials in waters since 2005. He has received a number of awards, including the Eureka Prize for Water Research.

Mr John Hughes

An analyst at the TGA for over 14 years, Mr Hughes specialised in method development and analysis of pharmaceuticals and antibiotics, before working for several multinational pharmaceutical companies. Here he undertook research into counterfeit identification of product and streamlining production with the appropriate use of technology, such as FT-NIR.

He joined the APVMA in 2008, where he is currently Director, Chemistry and Manufacture. Mr Hughes has over 28 years’ experience in the analysis and manufacture of pharmaceuticals.

Dr Glen Walker

Dr Walker has a PhD from the Research School of Chemistry at the ANU and has held post-doctoral appointments at CIT and MIT in the US. His post doctoral work included applications of nanomaterials in energy conversion and sensor technology.

He has been involved in assessments of pesticides and industrial chemicals in Australia since 2005. He is currently a team leader at the Department of the Environment, where he has also acted as scientific advisor on several research projects investigating the fate of manufactured nanoparticles in the Australian environment.

Dr Rai Kookana

Dr Kookana is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO, a Professor in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine (Uni of Adelaide), Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and an APVMA Science Fellow.

Involved in pesticide research for the past 25 years, current research includes the fate of nanoparticles, pesticides and micropollutants (including pharmaceuticals and personal care products) in the environment. He has edited three books on environmental contaminants and is on the editorial boards of four international journals.

Prof Brian Priestly

Prof Priestly is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and Director of ACHHRA. Previously director of the Laboratories Branch at TGA, he has also led the chemicals toxicology and chemicals risk-management programs of the Commonwealth Health portfolio.

He is a Science Fellow advising FSANZ and the APVMA, and an advisor to NICNAS on toxicological issues, including those relating to the regulation of nanoscale materials. He was recently recognised as a Fellow in the peer-reviewed register of ACTRA.

Dr Phil Reeves

Chief Regulatory Scientist, Veterinary Medicines and Nanotechnology at the APVMA, Dr Reeves is also a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, with clinical, research and regulatory experience.

He leads the APVMA’s preparedness strategy for regulating nanoscale agricultural and veterinary chemicals and serves on the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials Steering Group 6. Dr Reeves is a member of a global collaboration developing guiding principles for the ecological risk assessment of nanopesticides.

Prof Michael Roberts

Prof Roberts is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at NHMRC, Professor of Therapeutics and Pharmaceutical Science at the Uni of SA, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UQ and established and is director of the Therapeutics Research Centre.

He is a former APSA President, a Fellow of the Australian College of Pharmacy and an APVMA Fellow in Nanoscience. Awards include the ASCEPT Rand medal, the APSA medal and the 2011 ARC Eureka Prize for Excellence in Research by an Interdisciplinary Team (co-recipient).

Prof Terry Turney

Prof Turney is CTO of Sonic Essentials Pty Ltd, an agricultural micronutrient manufacturer, and Micronisers Australasia Pty Ltd, a diverse nanoparticle manufacturer. He holds a professorship in the Department of Materials Engineering at Monash Uni and was previously Director of the Nanotechnology Centre, CSIRO, holding various roles in materials research.

His current activities include the development of nanoparticles and nanocomposites for local and overseas manufacturing, agricultural, healthcare and personal care product applications.

Dr Jan Herrmann

Dr Herrmann heads the Nanometrology Section at the National Measurement Institute in the Department of Industry.

His team develops physical standards, instruments, and methods for measurement at the nanometre length scale with a focus on the characterisation of nanomaterials.

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