Authorisation of your product
Pet food, animal feed, and nutritional supplements are classed as "oral nutritional compounds" (ONCs). ONCs are agricultural compounds so must comply with the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997.
Find out how we define ONCs (pet food, animal feed, and nutritional supplements)
If you want to manufacture, sell, use or import an agricultural compound in New Zealand, it must be authorised. This is required by the ACVM Act. ONCs are normally authorised via an exemption from registration, under regulations.
Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations 2011 – NZ Legislation
Exemption from registration
An exemption permits you to make, sell, use or import an agricultural compound without registration.
Exemptions are made by product type or group. They apply to groups that pose very little risk if the products are manufactured and used properly – such as animal feed. Exemption conditions minimise the risk.
To qualify for an exemption your ONC must:
- fit one of the exemption categories
- meet the conditions of the exemption
- comply with all applicable regulations.
When exemption doesn't apply
Your ONC won't be exempt from registration if it:
- contains levels of nutrients greater than those required to deliver a nutritional benefit
- makes therapeutic or pharmacological claims (such as "this product treats arthritis"), or
- has an unregistered veterinary medicine in a medicated feed.
Your ONC also won't be exempt from registration if it contains a registered veterinary medicine and:
- the medicine's use is not consistent with the registration, or
- the medicine is not mixed in a way to ensure even distribution or efficacy while being stored.
In any of the above cases, it's likely your product will need to be registered as a veterinary medicine.
Find out about veterinary medicine registration under the ACVM Act 1997
Check if your product is exempt
A class determination is advice the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) can provide to help you determine if your product fits an exemption category and its conditions. Class determinations can also help facilitate importation at the border.
Find out about class determinations
Find out about the requirements that apply to you
Find out more about the requirements based on what you're doing:
Manufacturing pet food, animal feed, and nutritional supplements
Selling pet food, animal feed, and nutritional supplements
Using pet food, animal feed, and supplements
Importing pet food, animal feed, and supplements
Exporting pet food, animal feed, and supplements
Animal feeds and nutritional supplements may also have to comply with other legislation:
- Pet food for dogs and cats has additional requirements under the Animal Products Act (APA) 1999.
- Animal feed that has animal product ingredients must comply with APA requirements, as well as with the Biosecurity Act and Regulations.
Animal Products Act 1999 – NZ Legislation
Biosecurity Act 1993 – NZ Legislation
Biosecurity (Ruminant Protein) Regulations 1999 – NZ Legislation
There may also be requirements under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO) Act 1996.
Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 – NZ Legislation
Who to contact
If you have questions about pet food, animal feed, or nutritional supplements, email email@example.com