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Draft import health standard for importing specified animal products


7 July 2020 – New import health standard

The final import health standard was issued on 25 June 2020.

Import Health Standard: Specified Animal Products [PDF, 559 KB]

Related documents

Risk management proposal: Specified animal products [PDF, 578 KB]

Review of submissions: Specified animal products [PDF, 663 KB]

Transition for some commodities

A 4-month transition is provided for commodities covered in clauses:

  • 2.1: Canned or retorted animal products
  • 2.2: Collagen (edible)
  • 2.7.2: Processed foods containing meat-based ingredients or floss
  • 3.1: Bile derivatives
  • 3.2: Concentrated bile (bovine and ovine).

New requirements in these clauses will come into force on 25 October 2020. In the meantime, import requirements of these commodities can still be found in their respective import health standards:

Specified Foods for Human Consumption Containing Animal Products (IHS EDIPROIC.ALL) [PDF, 254 KB]

Specified Animal Products and Biologicals from All Countries (IHS INEPROIC.ALL) [PDF, 379 KB]

14 May 2020 – Provisional IHS released

Following the consultation that closed on 27 January 2020, a provisional IHS was released.

Provisional IHS for specified animal products [PDF, 843 KB]

Background to this consultation

The Import Health Standard (IHS) for Specified Animal Products (SPECPROD.ALL) has been redrafted as one single IHS to manage risk associated with the importation of a number of food and non-food animal products.

From 29 November 2019 to 27 January 2020 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited comment on the draft IHS.

Full details of the proposed changes were in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Related document

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 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.