What is an agricultural chemical?

Find out if your product is an agricultural chemical under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997. Several laws may apply to importing, manufacturing, selling, or using it in New Zealand.

What is an agricultural chemical?

Agricultural chemicals include a range of products used on plants, from herbicides through to plant growth regulators. An agricultural chemical is an agricultural compound that you apply directly to or on plants (plants include fungi in this case).

Is your product an agricultural chemical? 

A class determination will tell you what your product is classed as.

Class determinations for ACVM: how to get one, or do it yourself

Law on ACVM

The ACVM Act 1997 provides the legal definition of agricultural compounds, which include agricultural chemicals.

If you want to import, manufacture, sell, or use an agricultural chemical in New Zealand, it must be authorised and meet requirements under the ACVM Act.

 Other legislation controlling their use includes the:

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