Adverse Experience Reporting Program for Agricultural Chemicals

What to do if you, a crop, native flora or fauna, or an animal in your care has been adversely affected by a registered agricultural chemical

  • if you have been affected seek immediate medical advice
  • if your animal has been affected seek immediate veterinary advice
  • call the contact number on the product label and report your adverse experience to the registration holder
  • keep any remaining product in a safe place in case a sample is required by the registration holder
  • contact the APVMA to report the incident, but please note that the APVMA does not provide medical or veterinary advice.

Definition of an adverse experience

The following definition of an adverse experience is to be used by product registration holders when determining what information should be submitted to us. The definition is descriptive rather than prescriptive because it is almost impossible to provide a complete list of what constitutes an adverse experience. This leaves the definition open to some interpretation; however, we consider that what should be included in this definition is fairly straightforward. An adverse experience is:

An unintended or unexpected effect on plants, plant products, animals, human beings or the environment, or lack of efficacy associated with the use of an agricultural chemical product when used according to label instructions.

Definition of a serious adverse experience

A serious or urgent adverse experience is expected to be reported promptly to the APVMA by the product registration holder. A serious adverse experience is one that involves:

  • widespread and significant crop and plant damage (for example, crop death, severe stunting or significant yield loss)
  • life-threatening or other significant effects in a human, including death
  • farm, domestic and native animal deaths
  • significant environmental damage, including fish kills and water quality issues.

As a point of comparison, a minor adverse experience is one that involves:

  • crop and plant damage that is not widespread or significant (for example, minor wilting or yellowing of crops, minor yield loss)
  • human health effects that require medical attention, but are not life-threatening
  • injury to domestic and native animals that requires veterinary attention
  • minor environmental damage.

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