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Proposed amendments to import requirements for Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) seeds for sowing

Have your say

From 22 October to 22 November 2021 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invites comment on proposed changes to the import health standard (IHS) 155.02.05: Seeds for Sowing.

The changes affect specific import requirements for Solanum lycopersicum (tomato) seeds for sowing.

The proposed changes include:

  • amendment of the testing requirements for Pepino mosaic virus
  • inclusion of guidance regarding the use of a bioassay in seed testing for the presence of Pepino mosaic virus

The rationale for the proposed changes are detailed in the risk management proposal.

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

Consultation documents

Risk management proposal: Amendment to the testing requirements for Pepino mosaic virus in the specific requirements for tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) in the Seeds for Sowing (155.02.05) IHS [PDF, 498 KB]

Draft IHS 155.02.05: Seeds for Sowing  [PDF, 2 MB]

Making your submission

Email your feedback on the draft before 5pm on 22 November 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:

Plant Germplasm Imports
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 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 the final IHS is issued.

For more information about reviews, refer to Section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 – NZ Legislation

Submissions are public information

Note that all, part, or a summary of your submission may be published on this website. Most often this happens when we issue a document that reviews the submissions received.

People can also ask for copies of submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the content of submissions available unless we have good reason for withholding it. Those reasons are detailed in sections 6 and 9 of the OIA.

If you think there are grounds to withhold specific information from publication, make this clear in your submission or contact us. Reasons may include that it discloses commercially sensitive or personal information. However, any decision MPI makes to withhold details can be reviewed by the Ombudsman, who may direct us to release it.

Official Information Act 1982 – NZ Legislation

Legal background 

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.

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Steps to importing seeds for sowing