Exemptions from registering an agricultural chemical

Find information on what agricultural chemicals may be exempt from registration under the ACVM (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations 2011.


Exemptions under Regulations are conditional

An exemption under Regulations permits you to import, manufacture, sell, or use an agricultural chemical without registration if you comply with the conditions placed on the exemption.

Exemptions are done by product types or groups. Only groups that pose very little risk if the products are manufactured and used properly can be exempt. Conditions placed on the exemptions are to ensure minimal risk.

Schedule 2 of the ACVM (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations provides a complete list of exempted product types and conditions:

Examples of exempted groups include:

  • pH buffers, drift retardants
  • animal repellants/attractants applied directly to plants
  • anti-transpirants.

If you are unsure of your product’s status under the ACVM Act, we can do a class determination for you. There is a fee for this service.

Research, testing, teaching/training exemption

If you are an organisation that regularly carries out research, testing, teaching/training (RTT) with agricultural compounds, you may be eligible for an exemption under the ACVM Regulations. This exemption allows you to carry out RTT activities under an operating plan, without the need to apply for individual approvals in each instance.

Under this exemption, your organisation must submit an RTT operating plan to MPI for approval. This plan must show how risks are identified and managed for agricultural compounds that are within the scope of the operating plan. You must notify MPI about formulations before using them.

There is a guideline to explain this exemption and an RTT operating plan template that you can use. As explained in the guideline, this pathway is not intended to replace provisional registrations, research approvals, and approvals in special circumstances, which may be more appropriate in some cases.

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