QRIC warns industry against using unregistered therapeutic products

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) is reminding equine racing industry participants about the risk of using any products that are not registered by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) formerly known as the National Registration Authority (NRA).

Commissioner Ross Barnett has advised that if equine racing participants use any product that claims to have therapeutic benefits for their animals it must be registered by the APVMA.

It is the responsibility of all licensed industry participants to ensure the therapeutic products they use are registered by the APVMA.

If there isn’t an APVMA or NRA registration number on the label, then the product is not registered.

Using unregistered products is a breach of the following Rules of Racing;

AR 252 (Thoroughbred)

Possession of medication/substance/preparation in breach of legislation (1) A person must not have in his or her possession or on his or her premises any medication, substance or preparation which has not been registered, labelled, prescribed, dispensed or obtained in accordance with applicable Commonwealth and State legislation. (2) The Stewards may confiscate any medication, substance or preparation referred to in subrule (1), and use it as evidence in any inquiry, hearing or other proceeding under the Rules.

AHRR 194 ( Harness)

 A person who:

 (a) Procures or attempts to procure;

 (b)  Has in his possession or on his premises or under his control;

 (c)  Administers or attempts to administer;

any substance or preparation that has not been registered, labelled, prescribed or obtained in compliance with relevant State and Commonwealth legislation is guilty of an offence.

This reminder comes after recent discoveries and seizures of unregistered products on several Queensland properties and it extends to unregistered products that may be advertised and available online.


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