We collaborate with a broad range of parties both domestically and internationally to keep informed, align our regulatory approaches and work on regulatory matters of common interest.

Regulatory Science Network (RSN)

The Regulatory Science Network (RSN) comprises of eight Australian Government agencies and departments responsible for regulating chemicals and biological agents in Australia. Each agency covers specific duties but all have common components to their work.

The APVMA is a member of the RSN, other members include:

Initiated by the APVMA in 2011, the RSN provides a forum for scientists and technical staff to discuss regulatory scientific issues and improve interagency cooperation. It aims to help improve the performance of regulatory agencies by strengthening evidence-based decision-making by:

  • improving the quality and consistency of regulatory science
  • fostering collaboration and sharing scientific knowledge and experience between agencies
  • contributing to regulatory science issues, including regulatory science advocacy.

Members of the RSN meet at least four times each year to consider approaches to risk analysis and to plan a range of activities in accordance with the RSN Charter. Meetings include joint agency seminars, interagency workshops, symposiums and conference presentations.


The APVMA has a strong reputation for being at the fore of new global developments, innovations and best practice methodologies. We do this by maintaining and building international relationships with counterpart organisations and experts. Specifically we:

  • engage with international agencies
  • adopt international guidelines when they are suitable for an Australian context
  • are party to agreements with comparable overseas regulatory agencies.

The APVMA participates in international working groups dealing with a range of regulatory issues involving pesticides and veterinary medicines, including:?

  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Medicinal Products (VICH)
  • Joint Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR)
  • Joint FAO and WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
  • Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade
  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)