AVMAC overview

See a brief summary of the purpose and functions of the ACVM Advisory Council.

Purpose of AVMAC 

The ACVM Advisory Council (AVMAC) is not a decision-making body. Its purpose is to provide comprehensive and balanced advice to MPI on matters relating to the regulatory control of agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines.

Scope of AVMAC

MPI has aligned AVMAC with the primary purposes of the ACVM Act. The Council's focus is therefore on managing risks to trade in primary produce, animal welfare, public health, and agricultural security. However, there may be changes in focus over time. That's why we routinely review the AVMAC's purpose, functions, and membership to ensure that it continues to be effective. 

How we operate

AVMAC comprises representatives from 10 member organisations. The size of AVMAC has been limited for the following reasons:

  • From the start, AVMAC was envisaged as a small, tightly knit body. Larger groups tend to be less manageable and spend more time on processes.
  • AVMAC is only part of the consultation process. MPI has set up a database to ensure that all relevant parties are invited to comment on any discussion documents, draft policies, or standards. We use technology, such as our website, to make documents widely available. We also develop recommendations from a number of AVMAC working groups. These groups are made up of people with relevant expertise who may come from outside the member organisations.


Member organisations were chosen to cover a broad range of views within the sector, while keeping the council to a manageable size. Both domestic and export market interests are well represented – this includes growers, manufacturers, distributors, importers, veterinarians, and exporters. The National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) was added to cover specific concerns in this area. A wide range of affected products are covered, including fruit, dairy, beef, lamb, poultry, and vegetables.

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