Animal Medicines Australia has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s announcement for an independent review of the regulatory framework for agricultural and veterinary (agvet) chemicals.
“Veterinary medicines are critical tools essential to protecting the health and welfare of all animals in our care,” AMA’s executive director Ben Stapley said.
“Our regulatory systems for ensuring the safety of veterinary medicines need to evolve to take account of new technologies and innovations that will continue to emerge.
“Using veterinary medicines and animal health products contributes to between five per cent and 15 per cent of Australia’s livestock productivity,” Stapley added. “This equates to at least another $2.7billion each year and an extra 10,000 jobs.
“Similarly, veterinary medicines are essential for maintaining the health and welfare of our pets. They are essential for responsible pet ownership and promote beneficial relationships between pets and their owners.”
Stapley concluded by saying AMA looks forward to working with the review panel to develop recommendations for veterinary medicines regulation that provides reward for innovation, recognises the deep linkages between animal and human health, and supports the safe, responsible, sustainable and judicious use of veterinary medicines.
The independent review of the regulatory framework for agvet chemicals is expected to report to the Minster for Agriculture no later than February 2021.