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Draft IHS for importing live equids


5 September 2019 – Import Health Standard: Equids

The Import Health Standard: Equids  does not yet have negotiated veterinary certificates for import. The country specific negotiated certificates under the Import Health Standard: Horses are available for use until new veterinary certificates have been renegotiated with those countries.

20 August 2019 – Provisional IHS

Consultation has closed and a provisional IHS was issued on 20 August 2019. Authorised people have until 30 August 2019 to request an independent review under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993.

Provisional IHS for importing live equids [PDF, 846 KB]
Provisional Guidance document [PDF, 1.1 MB]
Provisional Risk management proposal [PDF, 596 KB]


A summary of the submissions received for this consultation is available.

Review of submissions [PDF, 824 KB]


The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited you to comment on proposed changes to the Import Health Standard (IHS): Equids (formerly the IHS for Horses). Details of the changes were in the consultation documents.

Consultation was open from 23 November 2018  to 22 January 2019.

Consultation documents

Steps to finalising the new IHS

After we consider all submissions, we publish a provisional IHS for 10 days to give authorised people a chance to ask for an independent review (under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993). If there's no review, the IHS becomes final after 10 days.

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 good reasons for withholding them.  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.

Legal background

MPI must consult with interested parties in accordance with section 23 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 (the Act) and MPI's consultation policy before issuing or amending (other than of minor or urgent nature) import health standards (IHS) under sections 24A and 24B of the Act.

An IHS specifies import requirements that must be met either in the country of origin or of export, or during transit, before biosecurity clearance can be given for the goods to enter New Zealand. MPI must ensure that these requirements are technically justified and provide an appropriate level of biosecurity protection.