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SR 2000 No. 122 Regulations as made
These Regulations amend the National Food Authority Regulations.
Administered by: Health
General Comments: This instrument was backcaptured in accordance with Section 36 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003
Registered 01 Jan 2005
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR14-Aug-2000
Tabled Senate14-Aug-2000
Gazetted 22 Jun 2000
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Health (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014
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National Food Authority Amendment Regulations 2000 (No. 1)

Statutory Rules 2000 No. 122

I, WILLIAM PATRICK DEANE, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following Regulations under the Australia New Zealand Food Authority Act 1991.

Dated 21 June 2000

WILLIAM DEANE

Governor-General

By His Excellency’s Command

GRANT TAMBLING


National Food Authority Amendment Regulations 2000 (No. 1)1

Statutory Rules 2000 No. 1222

made under the

 

 

 

Contents

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                        1  Name of Regulations                                                         2

                        2  Commencement                                                                2

                        3  Amendment of National Food Authority Regulations            2

Schedule 1           Amendments                                                                    3

 


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1              Name of Regulations

                These Regulations are the National Food Authority Amendment Regulations 2000 (No. 1).

2              Commencement

                These Regulations commence on 1 July 2000.

3              Amendment of National Food Authority Regulations

                Schedule 1 amends the National Food Authority Regulations.

 


Schedule 1        Amendments

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(regulation 3)

[1]         Regulation 1

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1              Name of Regulations

                These Regulations are the Australia New Zealand Food Authority Regulations 1994.

[2]         Regulation 2, before definition of application

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Act means the Australia New Zealand Food Authority Act 1991.

[3]         Regulation 2, after definition of application

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exclusive, capturable commercial benefit has the meaning given by subsection 66 (9) of the Act.

[4]         Regulation 2, definition of the Act

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[5]         Paragraphs 3 (1) (a) to (e)

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                (a)    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry — Australia;

               (b)    Attorney-General’s Department;

                (c)    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;

               (d)    Department of Health and Aged Care;

                (e)    Department of Industry, Science and Resources.

[6]         Regulation 6

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6              Disclosure of confidential commercial information

                For paragraph 39 (4) (b) of the Act, the following authorities are prescribed:

                (a)    for the Commonwealth:

                          (i)    Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry — Australia;

                         (ii)    Attorney-General’s Department;

                        (iii)    Department of Family and Community Services;

                        (iv)    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade;

                         (v)    Department of Health and Aged Care;

                        (vi)    Department of Industry, Science and Resources;

               (b)    for the States and Territories:

                          (i)    Department of Health of New South Wales;

                         (ii)    Department of Human Services of Victoria;

                        (iii)    Queensland Health;

                        (iv)    Health Department of Western Australia;

                         (v)    South Australian Health Commission;

                        (vi)    Department of Community and Health Services of Tasmania;

                       (vii)    Department of Health and Community Care of the Australian Capital Territory;

                      (viii)    Territory Health Services of the Northern Territory;

                (c)    for New Zealand:

                          (i)    Environmental Risk Management Authority;

                         (ii)    Ministry of Health;

                        (iii)    Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

7              Additional information about application

                For paragraph 12 (2) (b) of the Act, the Authority may request an applicant to give additional information if the application does not contain, or is not accompanied by, sufficient information to enable the Authority to deal with the application in accordance with the Act.

Example

The Authority may request additional information to enable it to determine whether:

(a)  it should make, under section 37 of the Act, a recommendation to the Council as a matter of urgency in relation to the application; or

(b)  the development or variation of a food standard that may result from the application would confer an exclusive, capturable commercial benefit on the person or body that made the application.

8              Application fees

         (1)   For paragraph 12 (2) (c) of the Act, the fee for an application for development or variation of a food standard to which paragraph 66 (6) (a) of the Act applies is $2 800. 

Note 1   The fee comprises $2 576 (charge under section 66 of the Act for the making of a preliminary assessment) and $224 (for the giving of notices under section 14 of the Act). 

Note 2   Paragraph 66 (6) (a) of the Act provides that a charge may only be fixed if, in relation to the development or variation of a food standard, the development or variation of that food standard would confer an exclusive, capturable commercial benefit on the person or body that made the application. 

         (2)   The application fee (if any) for an application is taken to accompany the application if it is paid without delay when the applicant receives notification, under paragraph 13A (2) (a) of the Act, that the application has been accepted.

         (3)   For subsection 35 (1) of the Act, an application is taken not to have been received until the application fee (if any) has been paid.

9              Refunds — withdrawal before preliminary assessment

                If an applicant withdraws an application before preliminary assessment of the application commences, the Authority must refund the application fee, if any, paid under section 12 of the Act. 

10            Refunds — withdrawal after preliminary assessment

         (1)   This regulation applies if an applicant withdraws an application after preliminary assessment. 

         (2)   If the application is withdrawn before full assessment of the application commences, the Authority must refund any amounts paid, in relation to the application, under section 15 of the Act. 

         (3)   If the application is withdrawn after full assessment of the application commences but before half of the work required for full assessment is completed, the Authority must refund:

                (a)    half of any amounts paid, in relation to the application, under section 15 of the Act; or

               (b)    if the inquiry mentioned in subsection 16 (3) of the Act has not been held — all of the charge paid under paragraph 15 (2) (b) of the Act and half of all other amounts paid.

         (4)   If the application is withdrawn after half of the work required for full assessment is completed but before an inquiry under section 16 of the Act commences, the Authority must refund any amount paid in relation to the holding of the inquiry. 

11            Refunds — no request for inquiry

                If the applicant to whom subsection 16 (3) of the Act applies gives the Authority notice that the applicant will not be asking the Authority to hold an inquiry under that subsection, the Authority must refund any amount paid, in relation to the application, under subsection 16 (4) of that Act. 

12            Preliminary assessment — relevant matters

                For paragraph 13 (2) (e) of the Act, relevant matters include:

                (a)    the category of assessment (as set out in Part 1 of Schedule 3) that will be required if the application proceeds to full assessment; and

               (b)    for an application that relates to the development or variation of a food standard — whether the development or variation would confer an exclusive, capturable commercial benefit on the applicant.

13            Outcome of preliminary assessment

         (1)   A notification by the Authority, under subsection 13A (2) of the Act, must include the following information:

                (a)    the decisions made by the Authority in relation to the matters mentioned in regulation 12, and the reasons for those decisions;

               (b)    advice that the applicant may seek review under regulation 14 if the applicant does not agree with any of those decisions;

                (c)    the amount of any further charge payable by the applicant under section 15 of the Act;

               (d)    advice that, until amounts payable under section 15 of the Act are paid, full assessment cannot proceed. 

Note   For the amount of further charges, see regulations 15, 16 and 17.

         (2)   A notification by the Authority, under subsection 13A (3) of the Act, must include advice that the applicant may seek review under regulation 14 if the applicant does not agree with the decision. 

14            Review of decisions

         (1)   Following receipt of a notification under subsection 13A (2) or (3) of the Act in relation to an application, the applicant may apply to the Authority, in writing, for reconsideration of a decision mentioned in the notification.

         (2)   After reconsideration, the Authority must make a decision:

                (a)    confirming the decision; or

               (b)    setting aside the decision and substituting for it another decision. 

         (3)   Subject to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, an applicant may make an application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of a decision under subregulation (2). 

Note   Under section 27A of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, the decision-maker must give to persons whose interests are affected by the making of the decision notice of the decision and of their right to have the decision reviewed.  In notifying such a person, the decision-maker must have regard to the Code of Practice determined under section 27B of that Act (see Gazette No. S 432, 7 December 1994).

15            Charges — full assessment

                For paragraph 15 (2) (a) of the Act, the charge payable for full assessment of an application is the amount specified in column 2 in the Table set out in Part 2 of Schedule 3 in relation to the category of assessment mentioned in the Table that the Authority has determined applies to the application.

16            Charges — inquiry relating to food regulatory measure

                For paragraphs 15 (2) (b) and (c) of the Act, the charge payable for the giving of notices in relation to an application is the amount specified in column 3 in the Table set out in Part 2 of Schedule 3 in relation to the category of assessment mentioned in the Table that the Authority has determined applies to the application.

17            Charges — preparing drafts

                For paragraph 15 (2) (d) of the Act, the charge payable for the preparation, under section 15A of the Act, of a draft food regulatory measure, or a draft variation of a food regulatory measure, in relation to an application is the amount specified in column 4 in the Table set out in Part 2 of Schedule 3 in relation to the category of assessment mentioned in the Table that the Authority has determined applies to the application.

18            Charges — election

                A charge of $2 800 is fixed for an election under paragraph 66 (6) (b) of the Act.

Note    Paragraph 66 (6) (b) of the Act states a charge may only be fixed if an application has been included in the second or third year of a three year plan and the applicant elects to have the application included in the first year of the work plan. 

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Schedule 3        Charges

(regulations 15, 16 and 17)

Part 1          Categories of assessment

                For regulation 12, the categories of assessment that may apply to an application under section 12 of the Act are as follows:

Category 1 — for an application relating to a simple variation to a food regulatory measure requiring limited public consultation;

Category 2 — for an application requiring only the updating of standard methods of analysis set out in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code in relation to a food;

Category 3 — for an application requiring only an updated risk assessment in relation to an existing standard;

Example

A Category 3 assessment is required for applications that will achieve any of the following outcomes:

·         extension to other foods of the permission for use of a permitted food additive or processing aid

·         introduction or variation of a labelling requirement that affects a particular food or class of foods

·         permission to add a new ingredient to a standardised food;

·         allowing simple food irradiation for a food

·         recognition of a new, simple processing technology.

Category 4 — for an application requiring a risk assessment for a new food regulatory measure, but not a Category 5 assessment;

Example

A Category 4 assessment is required for applications that will achieve any of the following outcomes:

·         allowing a food additive or processing aid that is not currently permitted

·         a new standard for a food

·         review of a food standard or part of a food standard

·         introduction or variation of a labelling requirement that affects a food generally

·         allowing complex food irradiation for a food

·         recognition of a new, complex processing technology

·         establishment or variation of a maximum permitted concentration for an environmental contaminant or heavy metal

·         regulation of a new micro organism in food

·         regulation of an allergen in food.

Category 5 — for an application requiring a new risk assessment that is of a higher degree of complexity than that required for Category 4, because of the need for:

                (a)    increased external scientific and technical input; or

               (b)    extensive negotiation of relevant issues with stakeholders such as relevant government agencies, consumer groups and industry associations.

Example

A Category 5 assessment will be required for applications that involve any of the following:

·         evaluation of a complex toxicology data package for new food additives

·         a highly complex food irradiation for a food

·         recognition of a new, highly complex processing technology

·         preparation of detailed exposure estimates.

Part 2          Charges for full assessments, inquiries and draft food regulatory measures

Category of assessment

Charge under regulation 15

Charge under regulation 16

Charge under regulation 17

Category 1

2 142

420

238

Category 2

10 710

2 100

1 190

Category 3

25 704

5 040

2 856

Category 4

42 840

8 400

4 760

Category 5

64 260

12 600

7 140

Notes

1.       These Regulations amend Statutory Rules 1994 No. 286.

2.       Made by the Governor-General on 21 June 2000, and notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 22 June 2000.