Buying PGRs or other hydroponic
chemicals in Australia

Agricultural chemical products that might typically be supplied
by hydroponic stores and fall under the definition of an
agricultural chemical product include:

  • plant growth regulators (PGRs) or products that
    contain plant growth regulating chemicals, such
    products can also be described as nutrients, growth
    boosters, vitamins, hormones and bloom enhancers;
  • algaecides;
  • water treatments;
  • insect repellents;
  • disinfectants; and
  • sanitisers.

These types of products generally require registration with the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) as agricultural chemical products.

It is important to note that a hydroponic store has a responsibility to ensure that only registered agricultural chemical products are sold or supplied via their hydroponics store. The fines and penalties for supplying unregistered agricultural chemical products are significant. The supply of an unregistered chemical product is an offence under section 78 of the Agvet Codes. Action that could be taken by the APVMA if a hydroponic store is found to be selling unregistered agricultural chemical products can include compulsory product recalls, compulsory stop supply notices and even criminal prosecution. Fines relating to the supply of an unregistered chemical product can be $165,000 for each offence

Authorised APVMA staff (Inspectors) conduct random hydroponic store inspections and if they are found to be supplying or selling unregistered agricultural chemical products they may be subject to the regulatory actions outlined above

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