Active constituents exempt from the requirements of APVMA approval for use in agricultural or veterinary chemical products

The following list generally includes chemicals that have not been primarily developed as agricultural or veterinary chemicals and thus do not have an extensive package of data (as would usually be provided for a new active constituent) readily available. Many are commodity or speciality chemicals.

These active constituents have been exempted from the requirement for approval (that is, exempted from the operation of section 15(1)(a)(i) of the Agvet Code), through a formal process involving a gazettal of the active as exempt from approval. This list has not been added to for a number of years and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) is not routinely considering new exemptions. Approval by the APVMA of active constituents in this list is not required.

Agricultural or veterinary chemical products containing active constituents exempted from approval that fall within the scope of APVMA legislation must still be registered with the APVMA before these products can be legally sold, distributed or used in Australia. Supporting data appropriate to the application item must be provided.

Exempt active constituents can be obtained from any source capable of manufacturing the active to a specification suitable for use in the registered product. A manufacturing site address for an exempt active is not required on the application form for product registration.

A copy of the specifications to which the active is supplied, and a certificate of analysis confirming compliance with the specifications, must be provided as part of the chemistry data package to verify that the active is of acceptable quality for use in the product. In some instances, the APVMA has established standards for exempt actives (for example, pyrethrum extract, copper sulfate), and the active must comply with that standard.

Exempt active constituents do not have approval numbers associated with them and do not appear in the APVMA’s PubCRIS database.

This record may be updated from time to time. Updates are also published in the APVMA Gazette. Please contact us for further information. Active constituents that have been approved for use in agricultural or veterinary chemical products, either under section 14 or 14A of the Agvet Code, can be found in PubCRIS.

Any chemicals that are not approved, or exempted from approval, cannot be used as active constituents in an agricultural or veterinary chemical product, unless an application is made for approval of the active. 

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  • *DoC = actives for which declaration of composition (DoC) is required
  • *P = pheromone use only
  • *N = not classified as an active for anti-fouling paints
  • *V= vertebrate pest management only
  • *S = this active has an APVMA Standard which the active must comply with
  • *CD= included in products for used in cleaning and disinfection of premises only

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  • 1-Aminomethanamide dihydrogen tetraoxosulfate (AMADS)
  • 1-Naphthylacetic acid and its salts *DoC
  • 2-Naphthyloxylacetic acid and its salts *DoC
  • 1,2-Dichlorobenzene (ortho-dichlorobenzene)
  • 1,4-Dichlorobenzene (para-dichlorobenzene)
  • 2,4-Dinitrophenol
  • 2-Benzyl-4-chlorophenol (Clorophene)
  • 2-Mercaptoethanol
  • 4-Aminopyridine
  • 4-(p-acetoxyphenyl)-2-butanone (Cue-lure) *P
  • 4-(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone (Frambinone) *P
  • 8-Hydroxyquinoline sulfate


  • Acetic acid—glacial
  • Alkaline salts
  • Allyl alcohol
  • Alphachloralose *DoC
  • Alum (potassium aluminium sulfate)
  • Aluminium hydroxide
  • Aluminum ammonium sulfate (ammonium alum)
  • Ammonium sulfate
  • Ammonium thiocyanate
  • Ammonium thiosulphate
  • Arsenic
  • Arsenic acid
  • Arsenic pentoxide
  • Arsenic trioxide


  • Bentonite
  • Benzalkonium chloride
  • Benzoic acid
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Benzyl benzoate
  • Borax (disodium octaborate; disodium, tetraborate; sodium metaborate)
  • Bordeaux mixture
  • Boric acid
  • Bromine
  • Butanoic acid


  • C9-C11 alcohol ethylene oxide condensate
  • Cabbage extract
  • Calcium carbide
  • Calcium dodecylbenzenesulfonate
  • Calcium hypochlorite
  • Calcium polysulfide
  • Calcium sulfate
  • Camphor
  • Canola oil
  • Capsicum oleoresin
  • Carbon disulfide
  • Chilli extract
  • Chloramine-T (N-chloro-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide sodium salt)
  • Chlorinated xylenols *CD
  • Chlorine dioxide
  • Chlorohexidine digluconate
  • Chloropicrin (trichloronitromethane)
  • Chromium trioxide (chromium (VI) oxide)
  • Citric acid
  • Citronella oil
  • Clay - Kaolin
  • Copper acetate
  • Copper ammonium carbonate
  • Copper hydroxide (cupric hydroxide) *S
  • Copper naphthenate
  • Copper nitrate
  • Copper oxychloride *S
  • Copper silicate
  • Copper sulfate *S
  • Creosote
  • Cresols
  • Cresylic acid
  • Crotyl mercaptan
  • Cupric acetoarsenite
  • Cupric ammonium chloride
  • Cupric carbonate *S
  • Cupric chloride
  • Cupric oxide
  • Cuproammoniumfluoroborate complex
  • Cuprous oxide *S
  • Cuprous thiocyanate
  • Cypress wood oil


  • D-Limonene
  • Decan-1-ol
  • Denatonium benzoate (Bitrex)
  • Den-Co-Fume carbon monoxide fumigant cartridge
  • Derris dust
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Dibenzyldimethylammonium chloride
  • Dibutyl phthalate
  • Didecyl dimethyl ammonium chloride
  • Dimethyl phthalate
  • Diphenyl
  • Disodium octaborate tetrahydrate
  • Docusate sodium *P
  • Dodecylbenzene sulfonic acid *CD
  • Dodecylbenzyltrimethylammonium chloride
  • Dodicin (dodecyl diethylenediamino glycine + dodecyl aminopropyl glycine)


  • (E)-2-Octadecenal *P(E)-8-Dodecenyl acetate
  • (E,E) 8,10 Dodecadien-1-ol
  • E,E-9,11-Tetradecadien-1-yl acetate
  • (E,Z)-2,13-Octadecadienal *P
  • E-11-Tetradecen-1yl acetate *P
  • EDTA and its sodium salts
  • Ethanolamine complex of copper salts
  • Ethoxylated lanolin
  • Ethyl and methyl esters of fatty acids produced from food grade canola oil *DoC
  • Ethyl formate
  • Ethyl hexanediol
  • Ethyl oleate
  • Ethylene
  • Ethylene dibromide
  • Ethylene dichloride
  • Ethylene oxide
  • Eucalyptus oil


  • Ferrous sulfate
  • Fatty alcohol blend
  • Food grade vegetable oils
  • Food quality ingredients
  • Formaldehyde
  • Formic acid


  • Garlic extract
  • Garlic oil
  • German Cockroach Pheromone *P
  • Glutaraldehyde *DoC
  • Glycolic acid


  • Hexanol
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Hydrolysed linseed fatty acid


  • Indole
  • Indol-3-acetic acid *DoC
  • Indol-3-butyric acid *DoC
  • Ingard Cotton Gene - Bacillus Thuringiensis variety Kurstaki delta endotoxin as produced by the Cry IA(C) gene and its controlling sequences
  • Iodine
  • Iodophors
  • Iso-amyl mercaptan
  • Isomate LBAM *P
  • Isomate OFM Rosso *P
  • Isostearyl alcohol ethoxylate


  • Lanolin oil
  • Lavender fragrance
  • Lead arsenate
  • Lecithin
  • Lime oil
  • Lime sulfur
  • Lithium hypochlorite


  • Magnesium chlorate
  • Melaleuca oil (tea tree oil) *DoC
  • Metarhizium anisopliae DAT F-001 isolate *DoC
  • Methyl nonyl ketone
  • Mineral oil
  • Mixed copper chelates or complex blend of copper salts
  • Mono and di 2-ethylhexyl phosphate salts with ethoxylated cocamine (Intersept Manufacturing Concentrate) [For use in carpet manufacture only]


  • N-Alkyldimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride
  • n-Butyl mercaptan
  • Naphthalene
  • Nickel sulfate
  • Nitric acid
  • Nonionic surfactants (not listed elsewhere)
  • Nonyl phenol ethylene oxide condensate
  • Nuclear polyhedrosis virus of helicoverpea zea


  • Octanol
  • Orange oil


  • Paecilomyces Lilacinus Strain 251
  • Paraffin oil
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • Peroxyacetic acid
  • Petroleum oil
  • Phenol
  • Phenylethyl propionate
  • Phosphine gas
  • Phosphorous (phosphonic) acid  
  • Phosphoric acid and its salts
  • Pindone *V
  • Pine oil
  • Pivalyn *V
  • Polybutene
  • Poly (hexamethylene biguanide) hydrochloride
  • Polyoxypropylene polyoxyethylene alkyl ether
  • Potassium chromate
  • Potassium dichromate
  • Potassium hydroxide
  • Potassium nitrate
  • Potassium permanganate
  • Potassium peroxomonosulphate triple salt
  • Propionic acid
  • Pyrethrins, Pyrethrin I and Pyrethrin II (pyrethrum extract) *S


  • Quassia


  • Rabbit Calicivirus
  • Rotenone


  • Salicylic acid
  • Sesame
  • Shellac
  • Silica gel
  • Silver metal
  • Sodium arsenite
  • Sodium bisulfate
  • Sodium bisulfite (sodium metabisulfite)
  • Sodium bromide
  • Sodium carbonate
  • Sodium chlorate
  • Sodium diacetate
  • Sodium dichloroisocyanurate
  • Sodium dichromate
  • Sodium fluoride
  • Sodium fluoroacetate
  • Sodium fluorosilicate
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Sodium hypobromite
  • Sodium hypochlorite
  • Sodium metabisulfite
  • Sodium metasilicate
  • Sodium sulfide
  • Sodium thiosulfate
  • Sodium tripolyphosphate
  • Strychnine
  • Sulfamic acid
  • Sulfur
  • Sulfuric acid


  • Tallow amine ethoxylate
  • Tannic acid
  • Tartar emetic (antimony potassium tartrate)
  • Thymol
  • Tin Acrylate Polymers RC 626 & RC 627 [Anti-Fouling Paint Use Only]
  • Tributyl tin oxide
  • Trichloroacetic acid
  • Trichloroisocyanuric acid and its salts
  • Trichoderma Harzianum Rifai Isolate T-39
  • Triclosan [5-chloro-2-(2,dichlorophenoxy)phenol]


  • XL High Boiling Tar Acids (boiling range 230 – 270 °C) *CD


  • (Z)-9-Tricosene *P
  • (Z)-8-Dodecen-1-ol *P
  • (Z)-8-Dodecen-1-ol acetate *P
  • Zinc naphthenate
  • Zinc oxide
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