Jul. 29, 2019
The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has proposed on June 24 to remove all remaining uses of the insecticide chlorpyrifos in domestic and home garden settings, and certain public spaces.
APVMA Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chris Parker, said the Proposed Regulatory Decision (PRD)
to suspend all domestic and home garden products with chlorpyrifos after 28 days is the result of a comprehensive review of the chemical’s environmental and health impacts.
“We make decisions based on credible scientific evidence and have been taking progressive action on chlorpyrifos for many years.
“In our assessments, we have considered all populations and factored in exposure to uses in home garden and domestic settings, as well as certain public spaces.
“As a result of our regulatory decision today, it is proposed that no chlorpyrifos products used in domestic and home garden situations will be available for sale in Australia after 28 days.”
The APVMA is currently consulting
(Consultation period: 24 June 2019 to 22 September 2019) on agricultural, biosecurity, and permitted use patterns, and chlorpyrifos products can continue to be used in agricultural settings or under permit only if used according to label instructions.