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Draft ACVM Notice: Fertiliser, Plant Biostimulants and Soil Conditioners – requirements for compliance to conditions of exemption

Have your say

New Zealand Food Safety is inviting public comment on the proposed new ACVM Notice: Fertiliser, Plant Biostimulants and Soil Conditioners – requirements for compliance to conditions of exemption.

Fertilisers, plant biostimulants, and soil conditioners are exempt from the requirement for registration under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines (ACVM) Act 1997. However, they must meet the requirements of the ACVM (Exemptions and Prohibited Substances) Regulations 2011. These requirements are high-level and outcome based, and it is left up to the regulated parties to decide how to meet them.

This Notice is intended to provide more direction around the minimum standard required to meet the regulations for these groups of exempt products.

This is additional to the ACVM Notice: Agricultural Compounds Exempt from Registration, which specifies how exempt products in general must meet the requirements in the regulations.

Submissions close at 5pm on 8 July 2021.

Consultation document

Draft ACVM Notice: Fertiliser, Plant Biostimulants and Soil Conditioners - Requirements for compliance to conditions of exemption [PDF, 308 KB]

Making a submission

Email your feedback on the draft Notice by 5pm on 8 July 2022 to

Answer the following questions:

  • Do you support or oppose any of the proposed requirements included in the draft ACVM Notice? For each requirement you have commented on, explain why you support or oppose it.
  • On balance, do you support or oppose the draft ACVM Notice?

Make sure you include in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document in the subject line of your email
  • your name and title (if applicable)
  • your organisation's name (if applicable)
  • your address
  • the answers to the 2 questions.

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

ACVM Consultation
New Zealand Food Safety
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

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