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APVMA spray drift policy update

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The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) commenced a review of the spray drift policy in September 2013, as advised at the 2013 NWPPA Annual Meeting.

The review is being led by Dave Rumbold, formerly of the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries, and aims to identify practical improvements, recognise improved practices and implement more efficient processes by focusing on four key themes:

  • Standard scenarios – How spray drift deposition is determined.
  • Assessments – How the level of concern is determined for each sensitive area.
  • Drift reduction scheme – How strategies for reducing spray drift will be acknowledged to allow users to reduce the no-spray zone distances, etc.
  • Labelling – How spray drift management requirements will be presented on the product label within the National Registration Scheme framework.

An update on this review was presented at the NWPPA Annual Meeting on 29 May 2014 and an updated APVMA spray drift webpage will be available soon. Formal consultation on proposed changes to the policy will commence later in 2014, but any questions or proposals are welcome prior to this by calling 02 6217 4744 or emailing spraydrift@apvma.gov.au.

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