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Draft IHS for importing Fresh Onion for Consumption

Consultation Update

Final IHS

The final import health standard (IHS) was issued 28 November 2016.


A summary of the submissions received for this consultation are available to download:

Background to consultation

From 2 September 2016 to 14 October 2016 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited comment on the proposed draft import health standard (IHS) Fresh Onion for Consumption. The draft IHS specifies the requirements for the importation of fresh onions for consumption into New Zealand from all countries.

Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation document.

Consultation document

Note, this IHS will incorporate by reference the ePest database, an MPI electronic database of plant pests searchable by country and commodity (refer to sections 1.2 and 2.2 of the IHS). The ePest database is currently in development, but will be available once the IHS is issued.

To enable effective consultation, a copy of the Pest list for fresh onions from People’s Republic of China (PRC) is included in the related documents below. Once the IHS is issued, interested parties should refer to ePest for the current pest list for onions from PRC.

These documents are a package of information which should be read together to enable effective understanding of the import health standard development process undertaken by MPI.

Related documents

Making your submission

Consultation on the proposed changes closed at 5pm on 14 October 2016.

Steps to finalising the new IHS

After we've considered all submissions, we will publish a provisional IHS for 10 days to give submitters a chance to examine the changes. An independent review (under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993), may be requested in this period, if a submitter considers scientific evidence they raised in their submission has not received sufficient consideration. If no review is requested, the IHS becomes final after 10 days.

The provisional IHS will be published on this consultation page and other relevant pages on this website.

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available, unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds 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, 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 require the information be released.

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