Would removal of efficacy evaluation erode confidence in Australian AgVet Chem?

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Would removal of efficacy evaluation erode confidence in Australian AgVet Chem?

August 20, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

You are invited! The proposed Asia Pacific Association for Regulatory Science (APARS) steering committee would like to invite you to our upcoming inaugural online discussion workshop to be held on August 20 between 11am – 12pm AEST.

The APARS workshop is free to register and will be held via Zoom.  The topic for discussion is: “Would removal of efficacy evaluation erode confidence in Australian AgVet Chem?”

We have lined up five experts to discuss key issues around the EFFICACY theme including:

Dr Katie Asplin
CropLife Australia
Director Science and Stewardship Policy (Chemistry)

Katie joined CropLife in 2017, bringing extensive knowledge of the agricultural chemical regulatory system in Australia.

Katie is responsible for CropLife’s suite of stewardship initiatives and programs for agricultural chemical products. This whole-of-lifecycle approach ensures sustainable agricultural outcomes by providing responsible and ethical ways to manage crop protection products from their discovery and development to their use and final disposal of waste.

Katie also supports the Director Agricultural Chemical Policy by providing high level and specific technical advice to inform the development of regulatory reform options and policy solutions relevant to the effective and efficient regulation of agricultural chemicals.

Warren Hughes
New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries
Principal Adviser ACVM

Warren has expertise in the regulatory oversight of pesticides and veterinary medicines and international with experience at forums such as Codex, VICH and OECD.

Warren has experience in technical assessment and over the last 10 years with the policy and standards setting of pesticides and veterinary medicines.

Professor Paul Martin
University of New England
Director, Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law

Professor Paul Martin is the Director of the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law (AgLaw) within the School of Law at the UNE. The Aglaw Centre researches rural governance, particularly of natural resources and the interests of rural (mainly indigenous) people. The Centre uses unique multidisciplinary methods to understand the ‘real world’ dynamics of governance systems.

In leading the Centre over the 10 years since it commenced operation, Paul has drawn on his prior career as a corporate lawyer, corporate advisor, venture capitalist and chairman of public and private companies; as well as his leadership of environmental organisations and public policy research.

Ben Barlow
New Edge Micobials
Managing Director and Farmer

From a farming family in the Moama region, Ben’s early career led him into corporate finance to an executive level, holding leadership roles both nationally and internationally.

Ben now specialises in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, as well as agribusiness development.

Ben has previously achieved qualifications in Economics and Finance (Bachelor of Economics), Agriculture (Master of Business), and is recognised by the Australian Rural Leadership and as a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Alan Nordan
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority
Executive Director for Registration Management and Evaluation

Alan is the Executive Director for Registration Management and Evaluation, which processes and evaluates applications to register products, permits and active constituents, and manages the interface with clients.

As Executive Director for Registration Management and Evaluation, Alan manages the assessment process for agricultural chemicals and veterinary medicines. Alan’s responsibilities include managing re-application assistance and preliminary assessment and evaluation of product registration, permits, export certificates and import consents.

Meet out workshop facilitator: 

Bob Mullins
Syngenta Australasia, Regulatory and Stewardship Lead

With wide experience in senior roles within the agriculture sector, Bob’s areas of expertise are extensive. Bob is well versed in agri-business strategy development and implementation internationally both in in start-ups and in a world leading agribusiness.

Bob’s current position, as Regulatory and Stewardship Lead of Syngenta Australasia, sees him lead a team to develop and implement regulatory strategies and sustainability initiatives, and to strengthen links to government and industry.


The RACT conference in February 2020 identified the desire for a regulatory science association that would foster networks and enhance capacity building, through activities including promotion of regulatory science as a career option. An interim steering committee is working to establish  the proposed Asia Pacific Association for Regulatory Science (APARS).

Feel free to forward this invite to anyone who may be interested in growing a stakeholder network around the regulation of agvet chem.

Please RSVP to join this discussion, the APARS second online event.

We are looking forward to seeing you!


August 20, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm