Update – 17 July 2023
Amended IHS documents and review of submissions released
Following the consultation, Biosecurity New Zealand have issued amendments to the following import health standards:
The amendments follow consultation to remove the requirement for plant testing by biological indexing, and replacing it with serological or molecular testing where appropriate. This was supported by those involved in the consultation. There are also several other minor amendments which have been made to clarify requirements and guidance in the import health standards.
List of amendments
- removed the requirements for 28 pests from specific pathways on the standards above.
- removed the option and requirement of testing by biological indexing in post-entry quarantine. This test has been replaced by PCR or ELISA testing in post-entry quarantine.
- replaced the requirement for all seed importers to provide a pelleted seed declaration. Now only those importing pelleted seeds will need to make a declaration. This requirement is now in clause 1.9(2) of the seed standard.
- amended the Phaseolus and Pisum seed pathways to allow testing on arrival (rather than only before export).
- amended the entries for raspberry ringspot virus to only apply to strains not in New Zealand.
- amended the entries for grapevine fanleaf virus to apply to the entire species rather than strains not in New Zealand (because there are no strains known to be in New Zealand).
- clarified the wording for treatment of non-dormant cuttings and whole plants of Dracaena.
- amended and updated some formatting and grammar.