Certification under the ACVM Act

Find out about getting an ACVM product certified. At MPI, we will only certify what we can verify.


Certification by MPI

MPI will certify an ACVM only when it can verify the content of the certificate and only for products that are

  • within the scope of the ACVM legislation
  • trade name products that are registered or exempt from registration as evidenced by a class determination, and
  • in accordance with MPI certification policies.

Purpose of certification

The purpose of certification is to verify and certify information as requested by the registrant or authorised New Zealand agent of a trade name product. Certificates are also issued to the proprietor of an agricultural compound that is exempt from registration, if the relevant conditions in the ACVM Regulations 2011 are complied with. Exemption from registration is evidenced by a current class determination.

Find out about class determinations

The certificates listed below are issued by MPI on behalf of the Director General under section 35A of the ACVM Act.

See here for the current fee structure for certification [PDF, 186 KB]

Standard certificate of free sale

This certifies the following information:

  • registrant/distributor
  • product trade name, and
  • registration number, if applicable.

It also certifies that the product

  • is registered for manufacture and/or use in New Zealand or exempt from registration as it meets the relevant conditions in the ACVM Regulations 2011, and
  • can be lawfully and freely sold in New Zealand by the registrant/distributor in accordance with the conditions on the certificate of registration under the ACVM Act or is exempt from registration under the ACVM Act.

And, for veterinary medicines only, it certifies that 

  • the New Zealand manufacturing premises are authorised, and
  • the plant manufacturing the product is subject to adequate inspection intervals and follows the ACVM Standard and Guideline for Good Manufacturing Practice for the manufacture and quality control of pharmaceutical preparations destined for sale or distribution in New Zealand or export.

Certificate of origin

This certifies the following information:

  • trade name and form
  • composition, if applicable
  • name and address of manufacturing plant, if applicable, and 
  • premises authorisation number, if applicable.

And, for veterinary medicines only, it certifies that

  • the pharmaceutical veterinary antigen is a component of products manufactured in New Zealand, if applicable, and 
  • the New Zealand premises manufacturing the product are subject to adequate inspection intervals and follow the ACVM Standard and Guideline for Good Manufacturing Practice for the manufacture and quality control of pharmaceutical preparations destined for sale or distribution in New Zealand or export.

Certificate of good manufacturing practice

This certifies 

  • that a New Zealand company is authorised to manufacture veterinary medicines in New Zealand, and
  • that, from the knowledge gained during inspections of this manufacturer, it is considered that the company complies with the ACVM Standard and Guideline for Good Manufacturing Practice. 

Further information

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