Labels and advice notes
Labelling and advice notes for veterinary chemicals and medicated stockfeed
When selling a veterinary chemical product for the treatment of a stock animal, specified information must be included on labels attached to the veterinary chemical product container or provided as an advice note to the buyer.
This is required in the following situations:
- A veterinary chemical product registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) that is sold for the treatment of a species of animal in accordance with the directions on the product label (on label use), must be sold with the approved APVMA label for that product.
- A veterinary chemical product sold in bulk quantities must be sold with an advice note containing the information outlined under 'Label and advice note contents'.
- Where a veterinary practitioner sells a veterinary chemical product for a use that is not in accordance with directions on the product label (off label use), they must supply a label or advice note containing information outlined under 'Label and advice note contents'.
- The veterinary practitioner determines that a complex dosage regime makes it necessary to provide separate written instructions, the veterinary chemical product must be sold with an advice note containing the information outlined under 'Label and advice note contents'.
Label and advice note contents
All labels and advice notes must include the following information.
Business name, address and telephone number of the veterinary practitioner
Date the product was sold
Species, breed, age and sex of the animal to be treated
Directions for treating the animal with the product
Withholding period for the species treated (if this does not apply, use the statement, 'Nil Withholding Requirement'
Batch number of the product and its expiry date (if known)
Product name (unless it is sold in a container bearing the manufacturer's label)
Name and concentration of the active constituent (if the veterinary chemical product is unregistered)
If you provide a label,it must be securely attached to the container of the product.
If you provide an advice note , the buyer must be supplied with it before or at the time of the initial treatment.
A veterinary advice note template has been developed by Agriculture Victoria. The information recommended for recording in the Veterinary advice note template meets the legislative requirements for chemical use records for both veterinarians and producers. The template is only a suggested format and may be customised as required. Veterinary advice notes must be provided to the producer before or at the time of treatment of the animal/s.