10 May 2010

Call for removal of animal medicines from HSNO Act

6:03 am on 10 May 2010

There's a call for animal medicines to be removed from the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act.

Agcarm, an agrichemical and animal remedy manufacturers organisation, has joined forces with Federated Farmers and vets to have the medicines, which include antibiotics, vaccines and flea treatments, made exempt from the act.

The HSNO act is currently being reviewed by the Environmental Risk Management Authority.

Agcarm chief executive Graeme Peters says animal medicines are already regulated under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act.

He says the need to have approval from ERMA for the products as well is over the top and adds unnecessary compliance costs.

Mr Peters says making veterinary medicines exempt from the Act would mean they only need to go through the Food Safety Authority.

He says that would reduce regulation costs which would mean a greater range of products would be available to farmers and pet owners at more competitive prices.

Mr Peters says the HSNO Act costs the industry more than $2.5 million per year in compliance costs.

Federated Farmers says an exemption from the Act would be in line with the Government's desire to remove regulatory requirements that are unnecessary and costly to both industry and users.