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Draft IHS: Semen and Embryos from Sheep (Ovis aries) and Goats (Capra hircus)

Final documentation

Import Health Standard - Semen and embryos from Sheep (Ovis aries) and Goats (Capra hircus) [PDF, 351 KB]

Guidance document - Semen and embryos from Sheep (Ovis aries) and Goats (Capra hircus) [PDF, 783 KB]

Risk management proposal [PDF, 354 KB]

Review of submissions [PDF, 999 KB]

Provisional IHS

Thank you to everyone who submitted on the draft IHS. If you were consulted on the development of the IHS, as a representative of people who have an interest in the standard (s 23(3)(b) of the Biosecurity Act), you have until 8 June 2015 - 10 working days to notify the Director- General that you intend to request an independant review.

Download the provisional IHS for Semen and embryos from sheep (Ovis aries) and goats (Capra hircus) [PDF, 336 KB]

Changes from the draft IHS

Your feedback and further consideration by MPI have led to a number of changes to both the IHS and guidance documents. The summary of submissions explains the changes made and provides copies of the submissions we recieved.

Download the review of submissions [PDF, 1003 KB]

The following draft documents were issued for public consultation and comment:

The following draft document gave additional information with regards to the measures proposed in the import health standard and guidance documents. It provides background information to the development of the import health standard:

For complete background information, please see:

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (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/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.

How to make a submission

Submissions closed on 17 May 2014. MPI encourages respondents to forward comments electronically to the email address below. However, should you wish to forward submissions in writing, please send them to the address the following address:

Animal Imports: Semen and Embryos from Sheep and Goats
Animal & Animal Products Directorate
Standards Branch
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
New Zealand

Fax: +64 4 894 0733

Please make sure you include the following information in your submission:

  • the title of this discussion document;
  • your name and title;
  • your organisation’s name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation); and
  • your contact details (e.g. phone number, address and email).

Submissions received by the closure date will be considered for the final issue of this import health standard. Submissions received after the closure date may be held on file for consideration when the issued standard is next revised/reviewed.

After issuing the standard, MPI will bilaterally negotiate veterinary certificates with the approved countries. Consideration will be given in this process to requests for equivalence to the IHS requirements, taking into account country-specific conditions.

Please 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 the information is commercially sensitive or they wish personal information to be withheld. Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA is reviewable by the Ombudsman.