Veterinary medicine registration under the ACVM Act 1997

Registering a veterinary medicine under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997 means it can be imported, manufactured, sold, or used in New Zealand. Find out how to apply for veterinary medicine registration.

About veterinary medicine registration

Registration authorises your trade name product for import, manufacture, sale, and use in New Zealand. It is an approval to market your product.

All registered veterinary medicines have some conditions on their registration to manage risks – for example, that they must be manufactured according to specifications approved during registration.

Registered veterinary medicines are classified as unrestricted or restricted. Restrictions are conditions that limit a product's sale, purchase, or use.

  • An unrestricted veterinary medicine is one that's been registered with no extra restrictions on its sale, purchase or use. For example, a flea treatment that anyone can purchase in a supermarket.
  • A restricted veterinary medicine (RVM) is one that's been registered with extra restrictions. For example, an antibiotic that can't be purchased and used without a veterinary prescription. 

How we process applications to register veterinary medicines

Register a vet medicine

To register your veterinary medicine, you need to fill out the application form and send it to us, along with the required information outlined in the information requirements document and on the application form.

Register an ACVM trade name product (veterinary medicine) - Application form ACVM 1 [DOC, 485 KB]

Information needed for vet medicine registration [PDF, 127 KB]

You'll need to provide a completed product data sheet. Follow our guideline for help completing it. 

Product data sheet guideline - veterinary medicine [PDF, 457 KB]

Product data sheet - veterinary medicine - Form ACVM 1-2 [DOC, 323 KB]

New Zealand (MPI), Australian and Canadian regulators have collaborated to produce a guidance document for undertaking a joint review of registration applications.  This can be used to bring innovative veterinary medicines to market here at the same time as in other countries while contributing to improved animal health and food safety. 

Guidance on veterinary drug joint reviews: A joint review by New Zealand, Australian, and Canadian regulators [PDF, 211 KB]

Renew a veterinary medicine registration

Use the renewal of registration form if it's an application to renew registration of a product.

Renew ACVM trade name product registration (veterinary medicine) - Form ACVM 1R [DOC, 469 KB]

Supporting information for registration application

You may need a number of other documents and information specific to your application, relating to:

  • data protection
  • biosecurity
  • chemistry and manufacturing
  • target animal safety
  • residues
  • efficacy
  • equivalence
  • labelling. 

Find out what you need to provide:

If your product is for an animal that will be used for human food and it has an active ingredient that has not been assessed in New Zealand before, a maximum residue level (MRL) may need to be set. We'll do this as part of the registration application.

Maximum residue levels (MRLs) for agricultural compounds 

Consider using an ACVM consultant

If you are unsure how to register your product, consider hiring a consultant to help you. As the regulatory body, MPI cannot provide consultation services through the registration process. Listed consultants, are not MPI-endorsed. They nominate their own areas of expertise – check the key at the bottom of the  consultants list.

Consultants for agricultural compounds and veterinary medicines (ACVM)

Data assessment

Before an application can be put into the system, MPI or a third party must assess all required data. Data assessment is generally quicker if you use an independent assessor. 

Data assessment reports must be made by an independent assessor. You can't use in-house assessors or assessors related to your company. Your registration consultant can't also be your data assessor.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the person doing the data assessment has appropriate qualifications. If a data assessor is not on our list below, you must include their CV with your application.

Data assessors: MPI list  

Templates for data assessment reports are available by searching for 'data assessment' in our list of veterinary medicine documents.

Search for veterinary medicine data assessment reports  

If you think you may not need to provide some of the required information, read:

Deviation from information specified in ACVM registration information requirements  [PDF, 107 KB] 

Request a change to a veterinary medicine registration

To make a change to your product registration, you need 2 forms:

Download the relevant form from the MPI list of veterinary medicine documents.

Search for registration change forms ACVM 6 to ACVM 14

What we charge

Estimated fees for ACVM regulatory assessment of veterinary medicines [PDF, 225 KB]

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