30 July 2020 – Final IHS
The final import health standard was issued on 30 July 2020.
13 July 2020 – Provisional IHS issued
Following consultation, a provisional import health standard (IHS) was issued 13 July 2020. Authorised people have until 24 July 2020 to request an independent review under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993.
A summary of the submissions received for this consultation is available:
Review of submissions [PDF, 1.1 MB]
20 May 2020 – Consultation reopened (new amendments)
From 20 May to 4 June 2020, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited comments on proposed changes to the import health standard (IHS) and risk management proposal for pig meat and pig meat products from Australia in relation to third-country pork products. The reason for reopening this consultation of the IHS was due to:
- increase of commodity scope of third-country pork products
- a change in the type of assurance from the Australian Competent Authority (an official letter instead of veterinary certificate).
In the earlier consultation (that closed on 21 January 2020), the draft IHS allowed only pork products manufactured or further processed in Australia using imported pig meat. Under the proposed amendment, any pig meat or pig meat product that was eligible for import directly to New Zealand, but had first been imported and released from biosecurity control (as in it was given biosecurity clearance) in Australia, was eligible for importation into New Zealand.
An assurance that the third-country pork products met the requirements of the IHS would be provided in the form of an official letter from the Competent Authority of Australia.
NZL 614 WTO notification addenda [PDF, 130 KB]
Background to the consultation that closed 21 January 2020
From 19 December 2019 to 21 January 2020, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited comment on proposed changes to the import health standard for pig meat and pig meat products from Australia.
The risk management proposal included details of what was changing and the reasons.
Earlier consultation documents for reference only
Related document for reference only
WTO notification [PDF, 148 KB]
Steps to finalising the new IHS
After consultation on a draft import health standard, MPI publishes a provisional IHS.
If you made a submission during the consultation, you have 10 working days to notify the Director-General of MPI that you intend to request an independent review. Reviews are limited to whether or not specific scientific evidence was given sufficient consideration.
If no review is requested within 10 working days, then the provisional IHS is confirmed and issued as a standard.
For more information about reviews refer to Section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (NZ Legislation)
Submissions are public information
Note that any submission you make becomes public information. People can ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we have to make submissions available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. That is explained in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.
Tell us if you think there are grounds to withhold specific information in your submission. Reasons might include that it's commercially sensitive or it's personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold information can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may tell us to release it.