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Proposed amendments to the importing requirements for capsicum seeds for sowing

Consultation update

Final IHS

The final import health standard (IHS) was issued 9 October 2016.

Provisional IHS

Consultation closed and a provisional IHS was issued 28 September 2016. Authorised people had until 8 October 2016 to ask for an independent review under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993.


A summary of the submissions received for this consultation are available to download:

Background to consultation

From 11 March 2016 to 6 April 2016, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited comments on proposed changes to the phytosanitary measures for PSTVd (potato spindle tuber viroid) and PCFVd (pepper chat fruit viroid) for importation of capsicum seeds from all countries on the Import Health Standard 155.02.05: Seeds for Sowing.

The proposed changes are detailed in the consultation document.

Consultation documents

Making your submission

Consultation on the proposed changes closed at 5pm on 6 April 2016.

Steps to finalising the new IHS

After we've considered all submissions, we publish a provisional IHS for 10 days to give submitters a chance to examine the changes. An independent review (under section 24 of the Biosecurity Act 1993) may be requested under this period, if a submitter considers scientific evidence they raised during their submission has not received sufficient consideration. If there's no review, the IHS becomes final after 10 days.

The provisional IHS will be published on this consultation page and other relevant pages on this website.

Submissions are public information

Any submission you make becomes public information. Anyone can ask for copies of all submissions under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA says we must make the information available unless we have a good reason for withholding it. You can find those grounds 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, 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 require the information be released.