What is a veterinary medicine under the ACVM Act 1997?

A veterinary medicine, under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997, is any substance for directly managing an animal. It may include anything from antibiotics to dog shampoos. 

What is a veterinary medicine?

Veterinary medicines include a range of products, from antibiotics through to dog shampoos. A veterinary medicine is any substance that is used (or intended for use) in the direct management of an animal. It can be a single substance, a mixture of substances, or a biological compound.

Is your product a veterinary medicine?

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

How to get a class determination (CD) or do one yourself

Laws on ACVMs

The Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997 provides the legal definition of veterinary medicines.

If you want to import, manufacture, sell, and use veterinary medicines in New Zealand, they must be authorised under the ACVM Act.

 Other legislation controlling veterinary medicine importation, manufacture, sale and use includes the:

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