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Draft Animal Products Notice: Official Assurance Requirements for Live Animals and Germplasm

Have your say

New Zealand Food Safety is proposing to create a new animal products notice. The notice is called Official Assurance Requirements for Live Animals and Germplasm.

Your feedback about the proposed notice is welcome. Submissions opened on 8 November and close on 17 December 2023.

During this consultation, we will be running 4 webinars and 4 online drop-in sessions.

Find out about the webinars and online drop-in sessions

What is being proposed?

This proposed notice is aligned to the newly published animal material and dairy Official Assurance Requirements Notice, which will:

  • improve the readability of the document
  • align requirements across industries where appropriate
  • fix inconsistencies.

The proposed notice will:

  • not introduce major policy changes except as required by the updated animal products regulations
  • remove the separately agreed procedures for export certification of cats and dogs (and canine and feline semen of New Zealand origin) to Australia because these will continue under the Operational Code
  • keep the paper-based certification system while maintaining provision for future electronic certification.

Full details are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Discussion paper: Official Assurance Requirements for Live Animal and Germplasm [PDF, 215 KB]

Draft Animal Products Notice: Official Assurance Requirements for Live Animal and Germplasm [PDF, 465 KB]

Animal Products Notice: Official Assurances Specifications for Animal Material and Animal Products [PDF, 600 KB]

Tracking document of clauses between the draft notice and the current animal products notice [PDF, 341 KB]

Related document

Animal Products Notice: Official Assurance Requirements (comes into force 1 March 2024) [PDF, 396 KB]

Related consultation (closed)

Draft Animal Products Notice: Official Assurance Requirements

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the new notice by 5pm on 17 December 2023 to Food.Assurance@mpi.govt.nz

What to include

Make sure you tell us in your submission:

  • the title of the consultation document
  • your name and title
  • your organisation's name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation, and whether your submission represents the whole organisation or a section of it)
  • your contact details (such as phone number, address, and email).

Join our webinar

We will hold one-hour webinars on Teams during the first week of this consultation (between 8 and 17 November) to provide information on the draft notice. There will be opportunity to discuss aspects of the draft notice, however, if there are any feedback areas that need to be addressed formally, we ask that written submissions are made.

Dates and times of webinar

13 November, 1pm: Join this webinar

14 November, 2pm: Join this webinar

15 November, 10am: Join this webinar

16 November, 1pm: Join this webinar

Attend an online drop-in session

During the final week of this consultation (between 11 and 15 December) there will be 4 online drop-in sessions for further engagement and discussion on the draft notice. The sessions will be held on Teams and are a chance to ask questions or discuss aspects that may need clarification. Again, for any feedback areas that need to be addressed formally, we ask that written submissions are made.

Dates and times of online drop-in sessions

11 December, 11am to 12pm: Join this session

12 December, 3pm to 4pm: Join this session

13 December, 10am to 11am: Join this session

14 December, 1pm to 2pm: Join this session

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.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation