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Draft IHS for Oncidium Cut Flowers

Update – 6 April 2018

Final IHS issued

Oncidium Cut Flowers – Import Health Standard [PDF, 428 KB]

Have your say

From 21 December 2017 to 22 February 2018 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on the proposed draft import health standard (IHS): Oncidium Cut Flowers. The draft IHS specifies the requirements for the importation of Oncidium cut flowers into New Zealand from all countries.

To enable effective consultation, a copy of the pest lists for Oncidium cut flowers from Taiwan are included in the related documents below. Once the IHS is issued, interested parties should refer to ePest (pest database) for the current pest lists for Oncidium cut flowers. The supporting risk management proposal (RMP) describes the proposed measures in detail along with the technical justification for these measures.

Note, these documents are a package of information which should be read in conjunction with each other to enable effective understanding of the import health standard development process undertaken by MPI.

Consultation documents

Related documents/information

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the consultation document by 5pm on the 22 February 2018 to

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 address.

While we prefer email, you can send your submission by post to:

Plant Imports
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand.

Next steps

After we have considered all submissions there is a 10 day period which provides submitters with the opportunity to examine any changes to the IHS which have resulted from consultation. 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 during their submission has not received sufficient consideration. If there is no review, the IHS becomes final after 10 days.

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.