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Draft import health standard for importing semen and embryos from equids


5 September 2019 – Import Health Standard: Semen and Embryos from Equids

The Import Health Standard: Semen and Embryos from Equids  does not yet have negotiated veterinary certificates for import. The country specific negotiated certificates under the Import Health Standard: Semen and Embryos from Horses (Equidae) 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 Semen and Embryos from Equids [PDF, 711 KB]
Provisional Guidance document [PDF, 784 KB]
Provisional Risk management proposal [PDF, 461 KB]


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

Download review of submissions [PDF, 482 KB]

Consultation background

From 14 February 2019 to 15 April 2019 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited comments on proposed changes to the import health standard (IHS) for importing semen and embryos from equids (horses and donkeys). Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

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Making your submission

Submissions closed at 5pm on 15 April 2019

All submissions received by the closing date will be considered before the amended IHS is issued. MPI may hold late submissions on file for consideration when the issued IHS is next revised or reviewed.

Steps to finalising the new IHS

After consultation on a draft import health standard, MPI publishes a provisional IHS.

If you made a submission during the consultation, you have 10 working days to notify the Director-General of MPI that you intend to request an independent review. Reviews are limited to whether or not specific scientific evidence was given sufficient consideration.

If no review is requested within 10 working days, then the provisional IHS is confirmed and issued as a standard.

For more information about reviews refer to:

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 a good reason for withholding it. 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.