CHOICE has made an additional submission to the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) in relation to a National Scheme for the Assessment, Registration and Control of Use of Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals. This submission (April 2011) is to the Consultation Regulation Impact Statement.
CHOICE again calls for an over-arching strategy that guides pre- and post-market regulatory activities, as well as driving innovation and development of low-input or non-chemical alternatives.
Among other things, CHOICE is calling for a priority review of the following classes of chemicals:
- POPs chemicals
- endocrine disruptors
- PBTs – persistent bio-accumulative and toxic
- VPVTs – very persistent, very toxic
- carcinogenic chemicals
- products that didn’t get registered in Europe for failing to provide data against modern health and safety standards
- products deregistered elsewhere
- high volume of use of products
- products with large number of off label permits
Read CHOICE’s submission in full and see our article on hazardous pesticides.