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Proposed draft Guidance Document: Labelling Veterinary Medicines

Have your say

New Zealand Food Safety is inviting public comment on the proposed update to Guidance Document: Labelling Veterinary Medicines.

This document sets out the generic and specific expectations for label content of veterinary medicines requiring registration under the ACVM Act. It will be an update to the current labelling requirements dated April 2017.

The proposed updates will:

  • ensure ACVM risks are better managed
  • give consumers better information
  • have clearer guidance of the label content requirements for applicants.

More information, including reasons for the changes, is in the summary of changes document.

Submissions close at 5pm on 12 August 2022.

Consultation document

Draft Guidance Document: Labelling Veterinary Medicines [PDF, 602 KB]

Related document

Summary of changes and their reasons [PDF, 175 KB]

Background Information

Authorisation of veterinary medicines usually takes the form of product registration, and approval of label content related to the ACVM Act risk areas is part of that registration. The Ministry for Primary Industries approves label content only as it relates to the ACVM Act to ensure compliance with the relevant registration condition (that is, Condition 61; “The product must be labelled in accordance with the product and manufacturing specifications approved as part of this registration”).

Making a submission

Send us your feedback by 5pm on 12 August 2022.

Email your submission to

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.

What to include

We'd like your feedback on the following questions:

  • Do you support or oppose any of the proposed updates included in the draft Guidance Document: Labelling Veterinary Medicines? For each update you have commented on, let us know why you support or oppose.
  • On balance, do you support or oppose the draft Guidance Document: Labelling Veterinary Medicines itself?

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 contact details (for example, phone number, address, and email)
  • the answers to the questions posed.

Submissions are public information

Note that your submission is public information. Submissions may be the subject of requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA specifies that information is to be made available to requesters unless there are sufficient grounds for withholding it, as set out in the OIA.

Submitters may wish to indicate grounds for withholding specific information contained in their submission, such as information being commercially sensitive, or they wish personal information to be withheld. MPI will take such indications into account when determining whether or not to release the information. Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA is reviewable by the Ombudsman.