Annual Report 2017-18—Glossary

active constituent The component of a pesticide or veterinary medicine product that is responsible for its physiological or pharmacological action.
adverse experience Any undesirable experience arising from the use of a chemical; adverse experiences may affect human or animal health, the environment or other factors.
antibiotic A substance that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms.
applicant A person or company who applies to the APVMA to register a pesticide or veterinary chemical for use in Australia.
approved label The market product label that carries text approved and published by the APVMA.
compliance Compliance with any applicable agvet law. See also noncompliance.
cost recovery Fees and charges relating to the provision of government goods and services (including regulation) to the private and other nongovernment sectors of the economy.
extension of use The agreed use of a pesticide or veterinary chemical for a purpose other than those specified on the original label. Registered products must be used only for purposes that are specified on the label, and the APVMA must grant permission for any extensions of use.
good manufacturing practice Standards that ensure that products are consistently manufactured to the quality standards appropriate for their intended use and in accord with their registration specifications.
licence Authority to manufacture pesticides or veterinary medicines according to s. 123 of the Agvet Code.
minor use A use that would not produce sufficient economic return to an applicant to meet the cost of registering the product for that use.
nanotechnology The design, characterisation and application of materials engineered at a molecular (nanometre-scale) level.
noncompliance Noncompliance with any applicable agvet law. Noncompliance may include the sale and use of unregistered products, supply of restricted products to unauthorised users, unapproved labels, unfounded claims in advertising or other media, or active constituents that do not conform to APVMA standards.
pesticides Substances or mixtures of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest; also known as agricultural chemical products.
registrant A person or company who registers a pesticide or veterinary medicine product for use in Australia.
registration Official recognition that a pesticide or veterinary medicine is safe and will work when used according to the label. Before an agricultural or veterinary chemical product can be legally supplied, sold or used in Australia, it must be registered by the APVMA.
statutory time The legislatively prescribed timeframe in which the APVMA must process applications for registration.
this year; 2017–18 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.
veterinary medicines Substances or mixtures of substances intended for treating diseases or conditions in animals.


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