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Member Consultation —
Biosecurity Prohibited & Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods

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To provide businesses across the dental industry with the opportunity to contribute to changes that affect the commercial, technical and regulatory environment the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA) seeks member advice and guidance when making representations to government. The following details pertain to an invitation that ADIA has received from the Australian Government to tender comment on behalf of the dental industry.
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Subject:

Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Determination

Status:

CLOSED

Comment Due Date:

Friday, 29 April 2016

Department / Agency:

Department of Agriculture & Water Resources

Background:

The purpose of the draft Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Determination 2016 is to provide a list of the goods or class of goods that are prohibited goods or conditionally non-prohibited goods for the purpose of the Biosecurity Act (Cth) 2015. As it contains specific reference to human bones and human teeth that may have an application in dentistry, the views of the dental industry have been sought.

Purpose:

The draft Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Determination 2016 replaces the Quarantine Proclamation 1998. There has been little changes as the same import conditions as currently provided in the Quarantine Proclamation have been transposed into the Goods Determination for most goods.

As a default, all conditionally non-prohibited goods will require a permit to enter Australia. However, for some goods, the Determination also includes conditions that importers can meet as an alternative to requiring a permit. The Determination sets out either the specific risk management measures or what must be achieved through risk management measures in order for the goods to enter Australia.

The list of goods referenced in the Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Determination 2016 is extensive and the following provisions relating to goods may be of relevance to manufacturers and suppliers of dental products:

Human blood, human tissue and similar goods —

Specific provisions apply to the following classes of goods: Human blood or blood components; Human enzymes; Human secretions, excretions or exudates; Human semen, embryos or ova; Human tissue extracts; and Human tissue.

The exposure draft states that these goods must not be brought or imported into Australian territory unless the goods are: Covered by an import permit; or the goods are are for human therapeutic use and are not antibodies or cell lines.

Teeth and bones from a human body —

Specific provisions apply to the following classes of goods: Teeth from a human’s body (other than as part of human remains); and Bones from a human’s body (other than as part of human remains).

The exposure draft states that these goods must not be brought or imported into Australian territory unless the goods are: Covered by an import permit; or The goods are clean and have no adhering tissue, blood or faeces.

Advice from ADIA member businesses is sought as to whether there are [a] other goods referenced in the Goods Determination that are relevant to the dental industry and [b] whether the determination attached to these goods will adversely impact upon dental product manufacturers and suppliers.

The department is also using this opportunity to reduce regulation and improve import conditions for some commodities. This has been accomplished by no longer requiring a permit when specified conditions are met for a range of products ranging from vehicle tyres, machinery to selected foodstuffs from designated nations. No impact on the dental industry has been identified with respect to this change; however, ADIA member businesses are encouraged to review arrangements.

Conditions have changed for the import of veterinary therapeutics and medicines, cosmetics for animals and mined fertiliser will, in some instances, require an import permit. Again, no impact on the dental industry has been identified with respect to this change; however, ADIA member businesses are encouraged to review arrangements.

A major change is in the administrative processes behind issuing a Goods Determination. Unlike for the Quarantine Proclamation, which was made by the Governor‑General, the Goods Determination will be made jointly by the Director of Biosecurity and the Director of Human Biosecurity, both officers of the Department of Agriculture and Water. As a result, future amendments to this instrument will follow a far more streamlined process than under the Quarantine Act (Cth) 1908.

Documents:

2016 Draft Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Fact Sheet [PDF]

2016 Draft Biosecurity (Prohibited and Conditionally Non-prohibited Goods) Determination [PDF]

Member Engagement:

ADIA-DRC Dental Regulation Committee

Comments To:

ADIA Policy team via email at canberra@adia.org.au

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ADIA member businesses with an interest in this issue are invited to comment by forwarding your thoughts via email to canberra@adia.org.au by the due date. Although comments of a technical / legal nature are welcome, a simple plain-English statement as to the extent this reform proposal will / will not affect your business is all that's required as such advice greatly assists ADIA in advocating on behalf of the dental industry, particularly in the context of our support for small business.

In pursuing policy reforms the work of the Association is set out in the ADIA Advocacy Agenda that seeks to create an environment in which businesses in the dental industry can grow, create jobs and operate sustainably.

Be sure to keep up to date on this issue by following ADIA on Facebook at www.facebook.com.au/dental.industry and by subscribing to the Twitter feed @AusDental. Members requiring further information can send an email to policy@adia.org.au or telephone 1300 943 094.


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