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Further changes to the import requirements for bovine germplasm


25 August – Final import health standard released

MPI has released the final IHS along with the review of submissions.

IHS for Bovine Germplasm [PDF, 414 KB] 

Review of submissions [PDF, 2.7 MB]

Related documents

Risk management proposal  [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Guidance document [PDF, 387 KB] 


An 8-month transitional arrangement will be provided from the date of issue to allow for the negotiation of new veterinary certificates. Requirements in the newly agreed certificates can be used upon agreement.

Existing import requirements for bovine semen and embryos will remain in effect until the transitional arrangement expires.

11 August – Provisional Import Health Standard (IHS) released

Following the consultation that closed in May 2021, a provisional IHS was released along with the review of submissions.

Provisional IHS for Bovine Germplasm [PDF, 474 KB] 

Review of submissions [PDF, 3 MB]

Related documents

Provisional Risk Management Proposal  [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Provisional Guidance Document [PDF, 467 KB] 

MPI-STD-TVTL for Consultation [PDF, 227 KB]

Background to this consultation

From 15 March to 14 May 2021, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed changes to the import requirements for bovine semen and embryos (germplasm).

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

This consultation follows an earlier one held in 2020.

Find out about the first consultation

Consultation documents

Draft Import Health Standard (IHS) for bovine germplasm [PDF, 550 KB]

Draft risk management proposal for importing bovine germplasm [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Draft IHS guidance document [PDF, 541 KB] 

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft by 5pm on 14 May 2021 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 you're submitting on behalf of an organisation)
  • your contact details (for example, phone number, address and email).

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

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

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

Steps to finalising a new IHS

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

If you make 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:

Section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 – NZ Legislation

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 to IHS consultations

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.